Easy Chocolate Marshmallow Cups

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easy chocolate marshmallow cups recipe
Photo: Matt Dutile/Styling: Erin McDowell

The difference between candy from the drugstore and confections from your local bakery is like night and day. But it’s actually super easy to DIY your own sweet treats. Whether the occasion is Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween or just because, these homemade chocolate marshmallow cups are rich, velvety and a treat you’d pay top dollar for at a fancy bakery.

Recipe developer Erin McDowell tells us the secret to her homage to Mallo Cups: “The combination of milk chocolate and coconut oil means you can make these treats without having to temper the chocolate,” she says. “The smooth, creamy exterior gives way to a fluffy vanilla marshmallow filling, and it literally can’t get any better.”

We accidentally ate four in one sitting, so we’re inclined to agree.


2 pounds (906g) high-quality milk chocolate, finely chopped

1½ tablespoons (21g) coconut oil

2½ teaspoons (7g) powdered gelatin

1 cup (198g) granulated sugar

Pinch of fine sea salt

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


1. Place 20 paper or silicone muffin liners on a baking sheet.

2. Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a medium heat-safe bowl. Place the bowl over a medium pot of simmering water, and heat until smooth and fully melted. Remove the bowl from the pot.

3. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the melted chocolate into each muffin liner. Use a small spatula or the back of a small spoon to draw the chocolate up the sides of the liners to evenly coat them. Let set for 30 minutes until firm. Reserve the remaining chocolate mixture.

4. Place ⅓ cup cool water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and sprinkle the gelatin over the water to bloom it.

5. Meanwhile, in a small pot, stir together the sugar, salt and 3 tablespoons water over medium heat. Continue stirring; once the sugar begins to melt and the mixture simmers, stop stirring and let it boil until a candy thermometer reads 235°F. Pour the syrup over the bloomed gelatin in the bowl of the stand mixer.

6. Whip the mixture on medium speed until thick and white, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and whip for 1 minute more. Transfer the marshmallow filling to a piping bag or disposable zip-top bag. (It can be helpful to grease your spatula with nonstick spray before using it to transfer the filling.)

7. Cut a ½-inch opening from the tip of the bag. Pipe the marshmallow into the prepared cups, filling to about ¼ inch under the edge of the top rim. Let set for 15 minutes.

8. Warm the remaining chocolate mixture over the pot of simmering water until melted and smooth, if necessary. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate on top of the marshmallow in each cup. Let set for 30 minutes until firm before serving.

Nutrition Facts
  • 293 calories

  • 15g fat

  • 37g carbs

  • 4g protein

  • 33g sugars

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erin jeanne mcdowell

Freelance Food Editor

Erin Jeanne McDowell is a recipe developer, food stylist and author of multiple cookbooks, including The Fearless Baker, which was named one of the Best Baking Books of 2017 by...