Disney Holiday Dessert DIY: I Try It at Home!

Disney Holiday Dessert DIY: I Try It at Home!

Does this authentic Disney dessert recipe make for a win or a fail?

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Disney is kind enough to occasionally share authentic Disney parks recipes with us – but how do they actually turn out? I took on a Disney holiday dessert DIY and attempt to recreate the Peppermint Marshmallow Wands from Marceline’s Confectionary at home! See if the recreation is a Disney recipe is a fail or a win…

Peppermint Marshmallow Wands 

(from Marceline’s Confectionery at Disneyland Resort )

Ingredients

  • 2 (12 ounce) jars hot caramel topping

  • 8 large lollipop sticks

  • 24 large marshmallows

  • 1 (10-ounce bag) dark melting chocolate

  • 1 cup crushed peppermints (15 candy canes, crushed)

Steps

  1. Melt caramel in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Keep warm.

  2. Dip one end of each lollipop stick in 1 inch of water. Skewer 3 marshmallows onto each stick, starting at the wet end.

  3. Dip marshmallows into caramel, gently tapping to remove excess caramel and place on parchment paper. Cool caramel at room temperature for 30 minutes, until caramel is set.

  4. Melt dark chocolate in medium saucepan over low heat. Keep warm.

  5. Place crushed peppermint in shallow bowl.

  6. Dip caramel-coated marshmallows into melted dark chocolate, gently tapping to remove excess chocolate. Gently roll wand in crushed peppermint; place on clean parchment paper. Repeat for all wands.

  7. Cool at room temperature for 15 minutes, until chocolate is set.


Disney Holiday Dessert Recipes at Home - Peppermint Marshmallow Wands DIY

What I Learned

Here’s some tips from my somewhat rocky first attempt making the recipe!

  • The recipe calls for 2 jars of caramel, which was WAY overkill. 1 jar would have been plenty.

  • The proper tools are really crucial for crushing the candy canes – a mallet would have made the whole prep a lot easier!

  • I used 70% dark chocolate and salted dark chocolate caramel. The extra richness helps balance the super-sweet taste of the marshmallow.

  • I had a lot more luck brushing chocolate onto the marshmallow and then shaking peppermint on top. Dipping was messy and didn’t get things coated nearly as well.

  • Setting the chocolate in the fridge made for a firmer marshmallow and more hardened chocolate shell = win!

The Final Verdict

This recipe did taste delicious, but let’s be real – it didn’t clone the marshmallow wands I remembered from Marceline’s Confectionary. The caramel layer never got as thick as the treats served in Downtown Disney. With some smaller peppermint pieces, I would have had a lot of success recreating the other recipe’s other parts.

All that being said, the wands were a ton of fun to make! We’ve been munching on them for days at my house! Though it doesn’t recreate the Peppermint Marshmallow Wand of dreams from Marceline’s, it sure does hit a holiday sweet tooth!

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