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Christmas fun with marshmallows

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Ooey gooey family fun

‘Tis the season for mugs of hot cocoa around the fireplace and Christmas tree. To make those hot cocoa family gatherings even more deliciously special, top those steamy mugs with homemade marshmallows. Making marshmallows can be a fun Christmas ritual for the whole family.

Ooey gooey family fun

Making marshmallows is super simple

Marshmallows are super simple to make, require a minimum of ingredients, and can be prepared in 10 to 15 minutes (not including cooling time). Classic marshmallows are flavored with vanilla, but you can easily make a variety of flavored marshmallows using different extracts or oils and coatings.

Flavored marshmallows are yum!

You can find a wide selection of flavored extracts and oils in the baking or spice aisle at your supermarket. Orange, almond, peppermint or anise extracts are especially delicious. You can even add flavored powders or spices, like ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder or pumpkin pie spice for seasonally-flavored bites of sweet fluff.

Festively decorate your marshmallows

In addition to or instead of mixing flavors into the actual marshmallows, you can roll marshmallows in coconut flakes or finely chopped nuts, or drizzle caramel syrup on top to add a layer of tasty fun.

Whimsically shape marshmallows

When making your own marshmallows, you can also choose your own shape and size. Mini marshmallows or extra-large marshmallows wrapped in a ribboned bag are a welcome gift, as are marshmallows shaped like animals, hearts or even letters and numbers. Pull out your collection of cookie cutters and start shaping.

Getting the whole family involved in choosing their favorite marshmallow flavors, shapes and coatings is almost as much fun as eating the fluffy confections.

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