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Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Mug Mates

Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Mug Mates

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  • Prep 35min
  • Total55min
  • Servings24

Pair these marshmallow mug mates with hot cocoa mix for a fun holiday hostess gift.MORE+LESS-

Updated September 20, 2016


1 1/2

cups dark chocolate baking chips (from 20-oz package)


package (4.67 oz) Andes crème de menthe mints, unwrapped, finely chopped


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    Line 2 large cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.

  • 2

    Insert candy cane in center of flat side of each marshmallow to within 1/2 inch from bottom.

  • 3

    In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips uncovered on High 45 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted and smooth. Using candy cane for handle, dip marshmallows into chocolate to coat. Let stand 2 minutes on one of the cookie sheets. Sprinkle marshmallows with chopped mints. Place flat side down on remaining cookie sheet. Refrigerate about 15 minutes or until chocolate is set.

Expert Tips

  • Substitute Andes™ mint parfait or peppermint thins for the Andes™ crème de menthe thins in this recipe.
  • In a hurry? Andes™ crème de menthe or peppermint crunch baking chips may be substituted for the Andes™ crème de menthe thins.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
3 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Recipe Summary

  • 1 tablespoon instant hot chocolate mix
  • 1 tablespoon marshmallow bits
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips or mint-chocolate chips, such as Andes®
  • 4 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, chopped
  • Melted white baking chocolate and/or sprinkles (optional)

In a small bowl combine hot chocolate mix, marshmallow bits, and chips.

Place 3 ounces of the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Cook on 100% power (high) for 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted. Take the temperature of the mixture with an instant-read thermometer. The temperature for semisweet or bittersweet chocolate should be 113°F. If necessary, continue to cook at 5 to 10 second intervals until the correct temperature is reached. Stir in remaining chocolate. Stir vigorously for 2 minutes or until completely smooth. If small pieces of chocolate remain, cook at 5 second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth. The temperature should be 88°F.

Use a small, clean paint brush to brush chocolate inside 1- to 2 1/2-inch shallow silicone half-moon chocolate molds, making sure to make a thick enough layer to coat the sides completely.* Freeze for 5 minutes.

Fill half of the chocolate shells, while still in the mold to prevent melting, with about 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa filling. Carefully loosen and pop out the other half of the chocolate shells from the molds. To assemble, brush the edge of a filled chocolate shell still in the mold with some of the remaining melted chocolate and place unfilled chocolate shell top, rounded side up, in the melted chocolate to seal. Chill 2 to 3 minutes to set. Carefully loosen and pop out the assembled cocoa bombs.

Decorate assembled cocoa bombs if you like. If desired, place melted white chocolate in a resealable plastic bag. Snip a small hole in one corner. Or swipe a bit more melted chocolate on the top and add sprinkles or other decoration.
Freeze 5 minutes. Transfer bombs to a storage container. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

To serve, place one bomb in a small mug for small truffles and a large mug for larger truffles. Slowly pour 4 to 6 ounces simmered hot chocolate or milk over the truffle. Stir.

The chocolate will set quickly in the molds. It's ok to go back and paint over the chocolate that has set to make sure to cover the molds completely. Try a few at a time to start to see what amount of chocolate works best with your mold. Or brush a layer and chill, then brush again.

We are aware of hot chocolate dating back to 500BC. Ancient Mayans drank chocolate by crushing cocoa beans and mixing them with water, chili peppers and cornmeal. No sugar was added, so it was a very bitter drink.

In later years, Europeans experimented with using cocoa in drinks. And in 1876, Daniel Peter (a Swiss Chocolatier) created the first milk chocolate by combining milk powder with chocolate. This carved the path for the company Swiss Miss to create the very first hot chocolate powder mix in 1961.

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