ingredients

  • 8 ounces semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 Marshmallow Peeps Peppermint Stars
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes, optional
  • 8 sticks, straws or spoons
  • Large zipper-style freezer bag
  • Ice cube tray or mini muffin pan

directions

In a large bowl combine powdered sugar, cocoa powder and pinch of salt. Set aside.

If desired, sprinkle crushed candy canes in bottom of muffin pan or ice cube tray.

Prepare sticks, straws or spoons by sliding a PEEPS marshmallow peppermint star onto them, leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch of room at the bottom for chocolate. Set aside.

Add chopped chocolate to a medium microwave safe bowl (make sure that bowl is completely dry first, water and chocolate melting do not mix).

Microwave chocolate at 50% power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well after each 30 seconds.

Once chocolate is almost melted, remove from microwave and continue to stir well until chocolate melts completely.

Add melted chocolate to your dry ingredients. Mix well. Mixture will be extremely thick and appear grainy.

Once mixed, spoon mixture into freezer bag.

Squeeze chocolate into eight compartments.

Stick sticks, straws or spoons into chocolate (chocolate should be thick enough that these stand on their own).

Place in fridge to allow chocolate to set. This can also be done on the countertop, but will take longer.

Once completely dry, pop out of tray or pan. Wrap in plastic wrap or bags to store.

To use, heat up 1 8-ounce cup of milk per person. Once heated, add hot cocoa stick and stir several minutes until dissolved.

Tip: For a great taste without the mint, use PEEPS snowmen in lieu of peppermint stars.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Just Born. All rights reserved.

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