Whenever I need a quick present, I make these Marshmallow Candies. They are super simple, made with three ingredients, take about five minutes to create, and taste deceptively like doughnuts. I make them, let them air dry for anywhere from ten minutes to an hour, and pack them up in gift bags or boxes. I last made them at Christmas as part of the candy trays that I give out to all of my friends, but they’re so simple you could make them for any occasion. I stole this recipe from my mom who used to make them every Christmas, but I changed the recipe slightly. The original calls for melting down caramel candies with sweetened-condensed milk; I just use caramel apple dip. The original caramel recipe sets up a bit more so they are not as messy, but the apple dip is much easier and I’m all for easy.
Here’s what you need:
1 bag large marshmallows (the kind you use for toasting to make smore’s)
1 16 ounce container caramel apple dip (I use Marzetti, but any will do)
about 4 cups puffed rice cereal
Here’s what you do:
Cover your work surface with waxed paper and lay out the marshmallows for easy access. Place the cereal into a large bowl and set aside. Heat up the caramel apple dip according to the directions on the package, then skewer one marshmallow with a toothpick to form a handle. Dip the marshmallow about 3/4 of the way into the caramel and immediately roll in the cereal. Place the marshmallow back on the waxed paper and remove the toothpick. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows. As the toothpick gets sticky, trade it out with a new one to make dipping easier.
Let them air dry for at least ten minutes before packaging, or stand at the counter and eat them off of the the waxed paper as I am prone to do. Somehow this makes them even more delightfully sinful.