I celebrated the first night of Hanukkah with my bestest buddies, both Jewish and gentile. Now most of you might remember that I am kitchen-challenged. So I was shocked when my friend Kimmy told me that she would be putting me in charge of making the chocolate dreidel treats a la freaking Martha Stewart. (We made ours dairy-free-ish to accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions.)
Homies, you’ll be so proud: with a LOT of coaching and hand-holding, I made the chocolate marshmallow dreidels and, therefore, so can you!
What you’ll need:
- The big marshmallows
- Chocolate chips
- Hershey’s Kisses (I chose the cookies and cream kisses, so that we could also display the unused Kisses as Hanukkah decorations, since they were a festive blue and silver)
- Coconut milk (for the dairy-free version, you could also use regular milk, of course)
- White Sparkle Gel icing
- Toothpicks or pretzel sticks (Martha says pretzel sticks, but we found toothpicks to be WAY easier to use)
- Wax paper
Here’s what you do:
We melted the chocolate in the microwave. I was told to melt the chocolate chips in a measuring cup at 15 second intervals, mixing the chocolate with coconut milk after the 15 seconds were up. I did this until the chocolate/milk combo made the chocolate not too hard to dip things in and not too thin to be drippy.
Unwrap your Kisses, and stab your toothpicks through the middle of the marshmallow and force a Kiss onto the end that pokes out.
Now, if I were to do it again I’d add the step of putting down wax paper! So guys, don’t be like me, put down a layer of wax paper before you gently place your drippy dreidel onto a plate.
Once you’re done dipping, toss your dreidels into the fridge and leave ’em there until the chocolate hardens.
Here’s where I had to bring in a ringer — as much as I’m kitchen-challenged, I’m even more artistically challenged. Luckily, my buddy John is both an artist and married into the Jewish culture, so he took over piping the symbols on a dreidel: Nun, Gimmel, Sin, and Heh.
Then boom! Yummy dreidel treats that went over a hit at the Hanukkah party.