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Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY

Here is a little idea that would be perfect for a winter party. Even if you are having a simple get together, a little attraction like a hot cocoa bar is fun and easy way to add something more interesting than a usual spread. I’ve never made homemade marshmallows and I asked my friend Andrea to show me how. She made these amazing striped marshmallows for us (recipe below) that is not only beautiful but delicious. We set up this bar with candies and cookies to mix into the hot cocoa but you could also have some spiking options to turn the hot chocolate into an adult friendly beverage. We bought all the ingredients for our bar from Boxed (they are sponsoring this post!) which is a great online shopping site that allows users to get warehouse club prices, like Costco – without any membership fees. They have a great variety of brands including Annie’s, Mrs. Meyers and Honest Co so you can get all your household, cleaning & grocery supplies for the holidays by just using their smart phone app.  Plus, they do all the heavy lifting! Once your order’s been made, they deliver everything right to your doorstep. Your package will arrive in 2 days or less and shipping is free for your first order (after that on orders over $75.) We decided to use their service to plan a big holiday hot chocolate party. We needed supplies in bulk, so Boxed was the perfect solution. It was so easy and left us with tons of extra time to make a batch of fresh marshmallows before the party started! Click through below for all the party details and for our DIY striped marshmallow recipe!

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For this party, we ordered a few of these hot chocolate packs so guests could choose between 4 different flavors. We also ordered candy canes, chocolate chip cookies, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups and truffles for toppings. Before the party started, we unwrapped all the goodies and arranged them on a table in separate dishes. We also made labels for the cocoa so people see what flavors they were choosing. A few days before, we made a batch of pretty striped marshmallows and cut them into shapes. Find the recipe below.

Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY | Oh Happy Day! Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY | Oh Happy Day! Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY | Oh Happy Day!

Striped Marshmallows: Makes about 50 4-layer marshmallows

Supplies: 6 1oz envelopes unflavored gelatin, 1 cup cold water, 1 1/3 cup corn syrup, 4 cups sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tsp salt, 2 tablespoons vanilla (or other flavoring), food coloring, powdered sugar

Butter a 13″x9″ pan and dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle 1 1/2 envelope of gelatin. Add 1/4 cup cold water, and allow to sit while syrup is prepared, about 10 minutes. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and the splash guard.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/3 cup corn syrup, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons water. Bring to a boil. Allow to come to a full boil for about 1 minute. Remove from heat.

With splash guard in place, turn mixer to medium speed. Slowly and carefully pour the syrup into the running mixer in a thin stream, being careful to not hit the paddle and cause splashing. Once all the syrup has been added, turn mixer to highest speed. Mixture will begin to fluff up. Scrape down the sides occasionally and continue beating until mixture stops increasing in volume, about 8 minutes. With mixer still running, add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 tablespoon vanilla or other flavoring. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is reached.

Once all color and flavoring is incorporated, pour mixture into prepared pan, working quickly before the mixture begins to thicken. Spread evenly in pan and smooth the top with a buttered rubber spatula.

Repeat above steps for 3 remaining layers. Pour each layer directly over the previous layer and smooth out, leaving at least 20 minutes in between each layer to allow for partial setting.

When finished, allow to set uncovered overnight.


Once set, gently pull out of the pan and place on a large cutting board covered in a layer of powdered sugar. Trim off any uneven edges with a very sharp knife, scissors, or a large pizza wheel. Coat each freshly cut edge with powdered sugar. Cut into strips, then into cubes or desired shapes, continuing to coat any cut edges in powdered sugar.

Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY | Oh Happy Day! Hot Cocoa Bar + Marshmallow DIY | Oh Happy Day!

This post is sponsored by Boxed

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Recipe and Food by Andrea Pimental

  1. Alicia

    December 18, 2014

    What a great idea! Where is the Christmas garland from? I love it!

  2. Colleen Pastoor

    December 18, 2014

    What a cute idea! I’m pretty sure you can make anything look good

  3. ann

    December 18, 2014

    I love the colors in these marshmallows! I’m thinking it would be fun experiment with different flavors though- maybe a subtle lemon for the yellow?

  4. molly yeh

    December 18, 2014

    oh my gosh this is so cute, those marshmallows are so fluffy and happy!!!

  5. jenna @ just j.faye

    December 18, 2014

    This is such a fun idea and these marshmallows are adorable!

  6. Pinar

    December 18, 2014

    Those mashmellows look awesome!! such a great idea!

  7. Angela

    December 18, 2014

    Oh wow – these look AMAZING! Such a fab idea for Christmas xx

    Angela // The Sunday Chapter

  8. Jahaila @ Girl Nesting

    December 18, 2014

    Such a BRILLIANT and fun idea! I’m going to have to throw a gathering just so I can make the marshmallows! :))) Thanks – Awesome post!


  9. Hope

    December 19, 2014

    Wow I love this! I only wish it was winter right now where I am so that I could enjoy this. x

  10. Anne {Anne's Scribbles and Doodles}

    December 19, 2014

    Oh my gosh this is a really cute and fun idea!

  11. Marie | happy paper place

    December 19, 2014

    Yum! Those layered marshmallows looks amazing! I love this idea of a a hot cocoa bar! 🙂

  12. Veronica

    December 20, 2014

    that cocoa bar looks so yummy and indulgent! Can’t wait to recreate it at my christmas party ha ha

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