Thursday, December 22, 2011

Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels

You don't have to be Jewish to make these fabulous Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels. A Dreidel is a four-sided spinning tops with a Hebrew letter on each side. During Chanukah, children play a game that involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will show when the dreidel stops spinning. Children usually play for a pot of 'gelt'--chocolate coins covered in gold colored tin foil.

You won't be spinning these tops unless you want chocolate all over the floor, but making these Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels is a very fun activity to do with children. This recipe is based on Martha Stewart's recipe for Chocolate Marshmallow Dreidels. If you want to take it up a notch, make your own marshmallows or buy some high end marshmallows made with natural ingredients such as those from Recchiuti. This time I used Guittard 70% dark chocolate, but you can use any great organic fair-trade chocolate. For the white chocolate I used Green & Black's White Chocolate that's made with Madagascan vanilla. I also used Paul Newman's Own Organic pretzel sticks. They were a bit long, so I snapped them.

Apologies for the poor caligraphy. Practice makes perfect, and I'm a bit out of practice. :-)


12 chocolate kisses (I used Hershey's Kisses)
8 ounces melted dark semisweet chocolate (I used Guittard 70% cacao)
12 marshmallows (homemade or whatever you have)
12 thin pretzel sticks (I used Newman's Own)
2 ounces melted white chocolate (I used Green & Black)

1. Dip bottom of chocolate kiss in melted semisweet chocolate. Press onto marshmallow; transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat to make 12 dreidels. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
 2. Cut a small slit in bottom of each marshmallow (spray your scissors with PAM); insert 1 thin pretzel stick. Dip dreidels in dark chocolate, and return to baking sheet. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.
3. Fill a plastic bag or pastry bag with melted white chocolate; cut a tiny opening in a corner, and pipe Hebrew letters onto 3 sides of each dreidel. I used a pastry bag with a tip, but I should have practiced a bit first so I wouldn't have any drips.
4. Refrigerate at least 5 minutes or up to 8 hours before serving.


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Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Those plates are GORGEOUS! And, of course, the dreidels are cute too. What a great way to teach non-Jewish children about Chanukah. I find that children pay much more attention to almost anything when chocolate is involved. Great post!

Janet Rudolph said...

Your right about the chocolate, Pattie, definitely an attention getter with children. LOL! Just made another batch of these for a cookie party today. Thought it would spark some conversation. My calligraphy is getting better.

vallerose said...

I can attest that these are delicious. Saving the ones that my family left for me. Janet might need to make me some more.

Heimpflege said...

OH my! i so love this one.

Liza said...

That is an awesome idea. I love it. Too many cookies in the house for me to make these this year, but I'm so bookmarking these for next year.