Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Reindeer

I had a lot of ideas in my head of projects I wanted to try out this holiday season, and this is the one that has won out as my favorite so far. My Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pumpkins were so incredibly popular, that I knew I needed to come up with some new ideas for Christmas…and probably for every season afterward! (Can you say, Chocolate Covered Peeps??? YUM!!!)
Chocolate covered Marshmallow pops with white sprinkles for eyes, a red candy nose and pretzel antlers
I am giddy with excitement at how cute these turned out!!!
Want to make your own?
Here’s what you need:
Large Marshmallows (I prefer Jet-Puffed over the store brand)
Lollipop sticks, popsicle sticks, or pretzel sticks
Melting Chocolate (I prefer the ones you buy at the craft store for their smooth texture)
Cinnamon dots, Hot Tamales or Mike & Ike’s Reds
Small Pretzels
Pearl Sprinkles (or other candies for the eyes)
Foam block
The supplies used to make reideer marshmallow pops - marshmallows on white lollipop sticks, red candies, pretzels and melting chocolate and red ribbon
First, set up your assembly line.
Break the pretzels in half. It was not an easy task to get them all to break properly, so make sure to have plenty on hand. You need two halves for each reindeer’s antlers.
broken pretzels on a baking sheet
Snip just the ends of the Hot Tamales or Mike & Ike’s, or count out your cinnamon dots. I used the Mike & Ike’s because I’m planning to give these to Cooper’s preschool class, and the cinnamon ones are a little too spicy for him.
red mik and ikes candy spilling out of a box on a metal baking sheet
scissors cutting red candies in half
Put the marshmallows on the stick, and push them into the foam block. This saves you from having to do that with melted chocolate on them. (Since this was only a trial run, I was working with what I had on hand. I’m going to purchase a larger block next trip to the craft store.)
I scored the tops of the marshmallows, hoping that would make it easier to attach the pretzel antlers.
a large marshmallow with two holes
Once your assembly line is set, it’s time to melt your chocolate.
Place chocolate melts or chocolate chips in a microwaveable glass bowl. Microwave on high at 20-30 second intervals, stirring each time until chocolate is just melted, but not too hot.
a marshmallow on a stick being dipped in chocolate
Dip a marshmallow into the chocolate, covering it entirely. Use the backside of a spoon to smooth out the side and top, and to remove any excess. Place it back into the foam block and repeat the process on the next marshmallow.
a chocolate covered marshmallow on a lollipop stick
After about five or six marshmallows, add the pretzel antlers, by gently inserting them into the scored parts of the marshmallows, and hold them for a few seconds to make sure they are secure. This took some practice!
a chocolate covered marshmallow with pretzels in the top for antlers
For the nose and eyes, you can either add them when the chocolate is still wet, or finish the whole batch, then dab some melted chocolate onto each piece and attach it to the marshmallow to make the face. I did it both ways, but decided the second way was easier.
Chocolate covered marshmallow reindeer
Once they are completely dry, tie a small piece of ribbon around the stick like a scarf.
Chocolate covered Marshmallow pops with white sprinkles for eyes, a red candy nose and pretzel antlers
These would make great treats for neighbors, teachers, classmates or as party favors.Wrap in a plastic treat bag, and relish in the oohs and ahhs as you deliver them to your friends!

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. These are awesome…thank you for sharing and giving step by step how to. I surely am going to make these for his Christmas party at school.

    Love your blog too…I am a new follower.


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