And behold! Week 3 of The Gluten-Free Holiday Event, hosted by SSGF, is already upon us.
Yikes! Week 3! Really? How is this time flying by so quickly?
Well, this week the lovely Alta, of Tasty Eats At Home, is in charge and she is focusing on Edible Holiday Gifts. Go on over and check out Alta’s Gluten-Free Chipotle-Maple Mixed Nuts and go enter to win her giveaway of the Artisinal Gluten-Free Cupcakes Cookbook by Peter & Kelli Bronski.
And in case you missed Weeks 1 and 2 of this event:
Week 1 – Amy shared her tips for Healthy Holiday Baking
1. That name is a mouthful. I just could not think of something shorter. I am opening it up to suggestions for a new name.
2. I did not come up with this amazing idea. I just “borrowed” this one from Good Housekeeping. I also blame these on my new fascination with Pinterest. Beware if you click over to Pinterest. It is dangerous. And addicting. And strangely…a bit therapeutic. But I warned you. Don’t say I didn’t.
3. You do not need hot chocolate to enjoy these. Trust me. I eat them straight off the stick. This really bothers my boys. They like to play by the rules. Remember the long name above?
4. These are way too easy to make. You feel like you are cheating. These are my kind of gift. If you receive these as a gift from me, do not feel that you are being short-changed because I said they were easy. Just know that the little time I did spend on these was filled with total and complete love for you. I cross my heart.
5. Sometimes you just need a good chocolate covered marshmallow. Yes. There. I said it.
On the note of those marshmallows, I have attempted to make my own three times before. Although they tasted wonderful, I did not really enjoy the big sticky mess that was involved.
Instead, on the rare occasions that we have these treats, I buy my house-made marshmallows from Sweet Republic, our favorite ice cream shop here in town (and voted as one of the top 10 Ice Cream shops in America by Bon Appetit Magazine).
Their marshmallows, along with absolutely everything on their menu, are made from scratch with only the highest quality ingredients. There are no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils in any of their products – only what nature intended. They have gluten free and dairy free treats all over their shop. We do not go often, but every now and then we do indulge.
If you decide to make your own marshmallows, here are the three recipes I have used in the past. Two are allergy-friendly, the third contains eggs. If you purchase your own instead of making them…MAKE SURE TO READ YOUR INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY.
Fluffy Honey Sweetened Marshmallows from The Nourishing Gourmet
Homemade Marshmallows (Sugar and Corn-Syrup Free) from Z’s Cup of Tea.
Fluffy Springy Marshmallows from Smitten Kitchen (this one contains eggs)
And here is another Corn-Free Marshmallow Recipe from Tessa the Domestic Diva
And if you want to order your VEGAN Marshmallows, Sweet and Sara is your place to order from! Their Vegan Marshmallows are handmade in a Vegan Facility.
Now for this easy recipe. I did mention these Hot Chocolate Stirrers were easy, right? Just THREE ingredients, not counting your sticks…
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallows
Also Egg-Free, Nut-Free, and Soy-Free
Adapted From Good Housekeeping
- 24 Marshmallows, Home-made or Store-bought
- 1 – 10 oz package of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips or Chunks (they are Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Soy-free), or other allergy-friendly semi-sweet chocolate
- 4 Organic Peppermint Sticks, crushed into small pieces
- 24 plastic Candy Cane Sticks, striped straws, OR real Candy Canes
1. Place a marshmallow on each of the Sticks. Place crushed candy cane pieces in small bowl.
2. Place chocolate in medium heat-proof glass bowl and place bowl over pot of simmering water. Make sure bowl fits snugly on pot and that bottom of bowl does not touch water inside – just rests on lip of pot. Stir chocolate constantly with rubber spatula until melted, shiny and smooth. Do NOT allow any water to get into chocolate – chocolate will seize immediately!
3. Use a spoon to pour chocolate evenly over each marshmallow. Do not dip marshmallow into chocolate. This could cause your melted chocolate in bowl to harden. Using back of spoon, spin marshmallow piece while smoothing chocolate. Make sure to cover the top of the marshmallow but leave the end where the stick enters uncovered.
4. Before chocolate hardens, dip just the tops of the covered marshmallow pieces into your bowl of crushed peppermint candies. Then place on parchment paper to set. Enjoy as is, or use as your hot chocolate stirrer. These package easily for gifts.
What edible gifts do you make during the holidays? Tell me! I love new ideas.