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Gluten-free, Dairy-free Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallows

Dairy-free Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallows

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?

Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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.

Gluten Free holiday

And in case you missed Weeks 1 and 2 of this event:

Week 1 – Amy shared her tips for Healthy Holiday Baking

Week 2 – I shared my Thanksgiving Prep Series and a Candied Apple Cranberry Upside Down Cake in honor of Thanksgiving Favorites.

Homemade Vegan Marshmallows
Now for this edible gift. There are a few things you should know about these Chocolate Peppermint Covered Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Stirrers:

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…

Dairy Free Hot Chocolate Stirrers

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.

  1. On November 17, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

    these are too adorable! Wouldn’t they be fun swirled in a hot cup of cocoa?! I have a corn-free marshmallow recipe on my blog too:

    Just got back from Phoenix this week…I thought of you! And again, your pictures are an inspiration… day….hopefully I’ll have you knack for staging!

    • On November 17, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ahh! Thanks so much, Tessa! I just added your corn-free recipe to my post. That looks like another wonderful recipe and a great addition to the list!

      Thanks so much for the kind words about my photos., too. You are too kind.

      By the way, I was reading your “about” page and your nursing stories sound EXACTLY like mine. That is what put me on the path of nutrition in the first place and lead me to figure out about my son’s issues with gluten as well as dairy. Figuring out what I could eat while nursing seemed to become a full-time all consuming job!

      Hope you had fun in Phoenix! At least you had some nice weather!

      • On November 21, 2011 Tessa Simpson said

        definitely better than here in Oregon!! It is amazing how many people still don’t know to link what mommy’s eating to a fussy baby..I wish more doctors pointed mom’s in that direction….it can make a world of difference! thanks for adding my marshmallows! I will link back to you too!

  2. On November 17, 2011 Maggie said

    Sooo awesome Kim! Callum will LOVE these. I am so envious of your marshmallow, gf and df store! Sweet and Sara is what we usually get. I’ve never made my own, it kind of scares me. I think the kids and I will have to try it though! Also, my inspiration was Pinterest! Too funny, right? I LOVE it. In fact, I pinned one of your pics since they are PERFECT!

    • On November 17, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Maggie!! Going to our little sweet shop here is like the biggest treat ever for my boys. We do not go too often so they think it is even more special when we do. The marshmallows from there are unbelievable. We get their dairy-free banana sorbet and then they put one of their marshmallows on top and then use a kitchen torch to brown the outside. The inside becomes the most unbelievable gooey yumminess. I think Kurt thinks it as much of a treat to go as the boys do. 😉
      And, I am addicted to Pinterest. I am finding way too many fun ideas on there. And thanks for pinning one of my pics! 😉

  3. On November 17, 2011 Sarena said

    Oh these are too cute! My youngest son would love them…me too!

    • On November 17, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Sarena! They are so easy to make that you feel almost guilty giving them as gifts. 😉

  4. On November 17, 2011 Jennifer said

    Oh my goodness… these look marvelous!

    • On November 17, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Jennifer! A fun treat for sure that the kids can totally do themselves. My boys ended up making the majority of them. 😉

  5. On November 18, 2011 Celiacs in the House said

    Very festive. Yes, that Pinterest can make you do all kinds of fun things and distract you from work.

    • On November 18, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much, Wendy. And Pinterest is being blamed for a lot of my lack in productivity lately. 😉

  6. On November 18, 2011 Nancy said

    Oh yea, these would never make it into the hot chocolate in my house. Yum….and so very pretty.

    • On November 18, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Nancy, they are dangerously good right off the stick. My kids think I am crazy though. Of course, they are always just looking for an excuse to have some hot cocoa! 😉

  7. On November 18, 2011 Carol, SGF said

    OMG Kim!!! These are the cutest things ever! You talented genius you! I agree with your first commenter – these would be the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of cocoa. This looks like a great project for when the g-kids arrive.

    • On November 18, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Carol, these would be PERFECT to do with the g-kids. My boys made most of them themselves, even the ones in the picture. They are truly that easy. 😉

  8. On November 18, 2011 InTolerantChef said

    Now these make me wish we had cold Christmas weather, instead of our 30* day today! So very very cute indeed!

    • On November 18, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Well, Intolerant Chef, we have no cold weather right now either. It was 70 degrees today. But we still like to pretend. It is supposed to get cooler next week but we never hold our breaths around here. LOL

  9. On November 18, 2011 Jeanette said

    Now that is a gluten-free treat that my little guy would love over the holidays! He’s learned (as have my older boys) that gluten-free doesn’t mean you miss out on anything – in fact my non-allergic kids have figured out that there are lots of things they like that happen to be gluten-free too.

    • On November 18, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Jeanette, I totally agree. There are so many things that they can eat without it even having to be their “special” treat. And these are something that are just easy and great for anyone. I honestly do not think my boys feel like they miss out on anything anymore. 😉 And they never look at being gf as a bad thing. My oldest told me the other day that he is lucky to have to be gluten free. LOL

  10. On November 18, 2011 Alisa said

    I’m with the boys. You really shouldn’t cheat like that 🙂

    Your idea or not, the execution is GORGEOUS!

  11. On November 19, 2011 ilovecooking said

    These marshmallows look perfect. They would make a great gift for my relative’s children. I know my own kids will absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing this cute holiday recipe

  12. On November 20, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Those are totally stunning, Kim!! Wowser! Now don’t be setting too bad an example too often for your boys … it could be dangerous. 😉


    • On November 21, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Aww! Thanks, Shirley! I am teaching my boys bad habits by breaking the rules. LOL But these are so easy to pop in your mouth right off the stick. Dangerously easy, unfortunately. 😉

  13. On November 20, 2011 Diane Eblin-thewhole said

    Thanks to you I’m addicted to Pinterest. I’ve seen these on your board I believe. I like the ones with caramel since I don’t like mint with chocolate. But I would love to make these for teacher gifts. I also want some of those marshmallows from that store near you. Gosh I need to fly out there!

    • On November 21, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Diane, I have to say that this is one addiction that is not dangerous to our health at least. LOL It may even be good for our sanity. I find it quite therapeutic actually! Caramel covered marshmallows would be amazing. And yes. You definitely need to fly out here. A perfect scenario: you, me, my mom, and my hysterical aunt cooking in the kitchen together. You would be in heaven! xoxox

  14. On November 22, 2011 brooke @B & the boy! said

    My word those are wonderful looking and I think the perfect treat for my guy. 🙂 Thanks for the link to the corn free version. I will be attempting those tomorrow.

    • On November 27, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Brooke, I hope the marshmallows turned out for you! These are a fun treat to make (and eat)! 😉

  15. On December 3, 2011 Rachel said

    Just made these! Such a treat for us gf/df folks (can I just say that my prayers have been answered with Enjoy Life’s chocolate chunks??). I have a cookie exchange tomorrow with all “normal” people and one celiac, so these are perfect to bring to the party!

    I will say that these are probably an adult-only activity. It was incredibly messy and very labor intensive. Totally worth it though, obviously 🙂

    • On December 6, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Rachel, thanks so much for letting me know you made these!! Hope they were hit at your cookie exchange!

      And they are a little messy, but the boys were loving cleaning (aka licking) up the chocolate mess. LOL

  16. On December 7, 2011 Katie Chalmers said

    So excited to try these….on their own and for stirring cocoa. My kids & I will enjoy making these. 🙂 I am afraid to try Pinterest….Facebook and Twitter already take up way too much of my time! But I am very tempted…. 😉 Thanks for all of the wonderful, kid-friendly ideas you put out there!

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