Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Peppermint Dipped Marshmallows


A (age 10) created a Christmas treat, not directly mentioned in, but inspired by Emilie Barnes' The Very Best Christmas, A Season of Fun for Girls.

I didn't intend to leave the boys completely out of day three of our count down to Christmas with picture books containing recipes or crafts, but this book is just too much fun, and contains too many crafts and recipes to be left off the list.


In the book, a group of girls form a club, to share Christmas traditions, and get ready for the holiday. They meet together to make cards, advent chains, pomanders, ornaments, festive napkin rings, decorations and more, while snacking on a host of Christmas goodies (recipes included).

The older girls were immediately inspired to form a Christmas club with their own friends, and have been busy planning their first meeting - a peppermint "tea". The book has all sorts of menu and decorating suggestions for the event. The girls followed instructions for making candy-striped invitations, eyed the paper peppermint carnations, and checked to make sure we have the ingredients for Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake (basically a chocolate cake mix with chocolate pudding mix, and chocolate chips added), to be served with peppermint ice cream, and hot chocolate in place of tea.

Naturally, the hot chocolate will need a peppermint touch , and marshmallows, it's just not hot chocolate without marshmallows. So, A decided to see if she could combine the two by dipping marshmallows into a shallow bowl...


...with a few drops of red food coloring, and several drops of peppermint extract (a few more than she intended, but it really pours fast).


She left them out on a plate for a few hours...


...until the food coloring was dry, but for the marshmallows were still soft (the time will vary depending on the moisture in the air).


Then, she served them up. C, and I volunteered to be guinea pigs.


The marshmallows give the hot chocolate a nice hint of peppermint, and while the red dye does seep off into the liquid, it's not enough to make a mess, as long long as you stick with four or five marshmallows per cup - more than that, and you are in danger of a red, foamy ring forming around the edges of the hot chocolate.

It's great to be a homeschooler.

Linked with Watcha Making Wednesdays at The Ramblings and Adventures of a S.A.H.M.

9 comments:

Christy said...

I love this. That book sounds fun!!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I bet I'd enjoy those marshmallows. I love stirring my hot chocolate with a candy cane. Gives the drink a delightful peppermint taste.

Ticia said...

You get the best books from your library

Peppermint marshmallow sounds yummy

Phyllis said...

I wonder how they would be dipped in chocolate afterwards. :)

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Phyllis - Now you're thinking!

sarah in the woods said...

I bet my daughter would like that book. What a great way to combine peppermint and chocolate. Yum!

Debbie said...

This sounds so delicious.

Joyce said...

What a clever girl she is! I love this and I imagine it tastes as yummy as it sounds. I've shared on my Facebook and pinned. Your little girl is bound to inspire a lot of yummy hot chocolate drinking :)

And I have to also say that I love Phyllis's idea!

sbswtp said...

What a great recipe!!! Thank you so much for linking up to Whatcha Making Wednesdays :-)