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Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows for Cocoa

Since we served at hot chocolate bar at our recent baby celebration for Anne, Stef and I thought it would be fun to have a variety of ways for people to gussy up their cocoa. One of the garnishes I made was these oversized, chocolate dipped marshmallows. Not only do they look pretty but you can let the chocolate melt into your drink for some extra richness.

I made them with my sister, which made it easier since you have to work fast. Adding sprinkles would be a fun task for little helpers – just have them be careful not to touch the hot, melted chocolate.

Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows
1 bag of marshmallows (I used the jumbo size)
1 bag of chocolate chips
OR
1/2 bag of chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of white chocolate chips
assorted sprinkles or sanding sugars
parchment paper

Melt chocolate over medium heat using a double boiler or make your own faux double boiler by placing a glass mixing bowl on a sauce pan so that the bottom of the bowl hangs about 1″ above your water. This will only work if your bowl fits securely into your pan. You could also melt the chocolate in the microwave, however I find I get more control with a double boiler since you don’t want to overheat the chocolate – especially the white chocolate.

As soon as the chips have all just melted, reduce the heat to medium low. If you’re using white chocolate, add any food coloring you wish now and quickly stir it in.

Working quickly, dunk and twirl the top of each marshmallow into the chocolate until the top is coated.

Set the dipped marshmallow chocolate side up on your parchment paper. Dust with sprinkles or sugar. Let set until chocolate has solidified.

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Lovely Little Lady Baby Celebration

Maybe it is the second child in me, but I feel like every baby deserves a celebration. So when we found out our very own Anne was expecting her second little girl this spring, we just had to throw a little soiree. We called this a baby celebration, rather than a shower. We gathered on a Sunday afternoon for some sweet treats and hot drinks in celebration of the newest lovely little lady!

Guests were invited with the bunting flag invites which set the scene for the pink sweets table (for sale in my Etsy shop here!).

 

We set up a sweets table in the basement that included thumbprint cookies, cherry chip cookies, fruit and fluff dip and a snickerdoodle cake. Little pink touches were added throughout with plates, napkins, ribbons and flowers. Homemade pink and white tissue pom poms hung from the ceiling. Guests were also treated to a hot chocolate & coffee bar with lots of fun mix-ins, including Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, Amaretto liquor, vanilla syrup, infused whipped creams, and hand-dipped marshmallows.

A Snickerdoodle Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream was served. It was topped with a little bunting flag printed on scrapbook paper, threaded and tied to bamboo skewers. The recipe for the cake can be found on Foodie with Family.

We had a great time chatting, eating, drinking and celebrating the upcoming birth of what we know we will be a lovely little lady! February was quite the month for parties and I was thrilled to end the month on such a bright cheery note! We wish Anne and her family the very best as they anticipate the arrival of baby number two!

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