Chocolate Marshmallow Valentine Treat: Heart-Shaped Strawberry & Chocolate Marshmallows
Typically, around January 1st, I conduct what is known as the Great Junk Food Purge where I rid the house of all the Christmas delights. Unfortunately, by Valentine’s Day, my sweet tooth has recovered from its sugar coma and is bemoaning the loss of all those yummy holiday treats. That (and my little munchkin) are why I can never resist whipping up one or two Valentine’s Day goodies. This year, I’m trying a new chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat that is light, fluffy, and just the right amount of sweet!
This chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat is a fantastic dessert all on its own, but it also makes a great addition to hot chocolate. In fact, for a frugal Valentine’s day gift, pair a few of these chocolate marshmallow Valentine treats with a Mason jar filled with hot cocoa and maybe even a chocolate spoon (or two… you can never have enough chocolate spoons!).
If your kiddos celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom, this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat would be something easy for them to bring in and share with their classmates. Perhaps pair them with a printable Valentine’s Day card for each student? Trust me, when you send him or her in with this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat you’re sure to be the “cool mom”… at least until they hit those tween years. 😉
It won’t just be the little ones that love this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat. You and that special someone will be just as enamored. Personally, I love that this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat is bite sized (or can be made bite sized) so that I can indulge in just one (or two!) without feeling like I’ve totally ruined myself for swimsuit season. I will warn you that it is hard to stop at just one… so be careful!
I will admit that this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat recipe has a few more steps than some of my other Valentine’s day desserts (ex. strawberry milkshake cookies), but it really isn’t a difficult recipe. If you can make jello and melt chocolate in the microwave, you can successfully take on this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat recipe. I promise. 🙂
So, if you and your sweat tooth are ready… let’s make chocolate marshmallow Valentine treats!
Note: This recipe should make approximately 50 1” marshmallow cubes; however, the amount will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter.
1. Grease an 11”x 13” pan or two 8”x 8” pans with vegetable spray (or coconut oil) and set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine jello and water. Stir until jello has dissolved.
3. Whisk in granulated sugar until it is melted.
4. Stir in corn syrup and remove pan from heat.
5. Place pan in the refrigerator until jello mixture is cool to the touch.
6. Pour cooled jello into the bowl of a hand or stand mixer and whip it on the highest speed until soft peaks form and are held (approximately 8-10 minutes).
Tip: You’re looking for a beautiful fluffy pink concoction that has more than quadrupled in size.
7. Use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the whipped jello into the prepared pan(s).
Tip: If you’re cutting your chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat with a cookie cutter you don’t want it to be thicker than about 1 ½” which is about standard cookie cutter height. If you want to slice the chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat with a knife you can pour it as thick as you’d like.
8. Smooth evenly into pan, and place pan(s) in refrigerator overnight.
9. Dust surface (counter or table) with powdered sugar (confectioner’s) and flip your pan upside down onto it.
10. Slice jello marshmallows with a powder sugar dusted knife or cut with cookie cutters.
11. Place on a sheet of wax paper or a Teflon mat.
12. Melt ¼ cup of chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring each time.
13. Use the tip of a fork to drizzle chocolate over your jello marshmallows.
14. Place marshmallows in refrigerator until chocolate sets.
15. Layer chocolate covered marshmallows between sheets of waxed paper and store in the refrigerator, covered tightly, for up to 7-10 days.
Oh, and most importantly, enjoy!
If you love this chocolate marshmallow Valentine treat recipe and want more Valentine’s Day inspiration be sure to check out:
- 25 homemade Valentine’s Day gifts – Perfect for saying “I love you” without blowing your budget!
- 25 homemade Valentine’s Day cards – Show that special someone you really care by making him or her a card.
- 50 Valentine’s Day dinner recipes – Forget fighting crowds and waiting hours for food; stay in on February 14th and cook something up together.
- Decadent Desserts (Pinterest board) – Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without something sweet, right?
- Must Try Food Recipes (Pinterest board) – More great recipes for your Valentine’s Day menu!