Mailboxes and Marshmallows

chocolate-dipped Valentine marshmallows

Throughout elementary school, I begged my mom for a shoebox on every February 13th and asked her to cut a slit in the lid. I then pulled out pink construction paper, red glitter glue, and shiny white sequins to decorate the sides. I even pressed on sparkly heart stickers for good measure!


The next morning, I carefully held my homemade Valentine mailbox on my lap as Mom drove across town. At school, I placed it on my desk just like the rest of my classmates.


After lunch, we walked around the room, dropping paper cards into each person’s mailbox while the parents set up for our classroom party. Although I dreaded the politics of handing out those little Valentines—you had to make sure the sappy ones didn’t go to any of the boys!—I always loved the sugar cookies and conversation hearts that the parents brought in. It was probably a good thing they never made these chocolate dipped marshmallows… I would have eaten every last one and refused to share, even with my crush!  


chocolate-dipped Valentine marshmallows


Chocolate-Dipped Valentine Marshmallows

makes 26

These are so cute and easy to make! If you can’t find mini heart sprinkles, substitute red, pink, and white mini spherical sprinkles instead.

½ c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 tsp vegetable shortening

26 large marshmallows

3-4 tbsp red, pink, and white mini-heart sprinkles

  1. Combine the chocolate chips and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 20-second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  2. Working with one marshmallow at a time, dip the top half into the melted chocolate, shaking off any excess chocolate, and decorate with sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining marshmallows. Chill the finished marshmallows in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.


chocolate-dipped Valentine marshmallows



February 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Delicious Desserts.


  1. Lazy Suzan replied:

    I can’t even handle how cute these are 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks!! I was really happy with how pretty they looked, and I couldn’t believe how simple they were to make. It only took 15-20 minutes to make them! (And even less time to eat… ;])

  2. Liz replied:

    marshmallows rock:-) Sweet story.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      We mainly got to eat marshmallows in s’mores and rice krispie treats as kids, so I’m finally starting to play around with them. I have another fun marshmallow treat that I want to try, so keep an eye out for it!

  3. IRENA & dots replied:

    You” really have a sweet Valentine! Enjoy!!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I was so excited that my guy loved this last Valentine’s Day treat so much… I made them just for him! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day too!

      • IRENA & dots replied:

        As they look delicious it is not difficult to believe you 😉 And t
        hanks 😉

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Aww you’re so sweet; thank you! :]

  4. smileycook replied:

    You always have the cutest ideas! Loveeeee this 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Aww thank you! Valentine’s Day seems to bring out my inner child (and creativity). What’s not to love about a holiday devoted to pink, chocolate, and cute things??

  5. rexedge replied:

    Mmm, these look yummy. We really don’t celebrate Valentine’s day as much in the UK. I think I should make these next year and try to spread the love a little!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I’d love to hear what you think about the marshmallows 364 days later. ;] It’d be great if you could start some sort of big celebration in the UK too! Even though I know it’s more of a Hallmark Holiday, I still like Valentine’s Day — what’s not to love about a day devoted to pink, hearts, and chocolate??

  6. BekAtCrave replied:

    Ahhhh TOO cute!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks!! I had way too much fun making these… My inner little girl really came out when I started playing with the sprinkles!

  7. fiammisday replied:

    Really a lovely blog darling!!!! I’m following you!! Kisses from Florence

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’m touched — thank you!! It’s sweet to hear that somebody likes what I’m doing. :] Happy Valentine’s Day!

  8. nadine replied:

    They look very sweet! Where did you buy the hearts?

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I bought the heart sprinkles at my local grocery store (Safeway). I’m sure places like Target or Walmart would have them too — and on sale because it’s the day after Valentine’s Day! (If you have Targets and Walmarts, of course!)

  9. C replied:

    These are cute as a button! Or a marshmallow.


    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks! I felt like a little kid again while I was decorating them. Sprinkles are so much fun!

  10. Amy at CakeDiem replied:

    I didn’t even know you could get tiny heart sprinkles! Too cute too handle.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Me either! I found them at my local Safeway, although I’m sure Target, Walmart, and other grocery stores would have them too. (And they’d probably be on sale today — such a steal!)

      • Amy at CakeDiem replied:

        My kitchen is going to be covered with them tomorrow. You can bet your money on that.

      • foods for the soul replied:

        Sounds like you’ll have the cutest kitchen in town!

  11. Brittany replied:

    I miss elementary school Valentines day!! SO fun. These marshmallows are so simple, but so cute!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thanks!! It’s so hard to beat elementary school parties… Dressing up for Halloween, candy canes for Christmas, and so much chocolate for Valentine’s Day! I had to go to Safeway to exploit their sales on Valentine’s Day chocolate today just to get my fix! ;]

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