How to Make Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths
Christmas is right around the corner and we always try to throw in a few Christmas activities within our homeschool day during the month of December. One that has become a tradition is making Marshmallow Christmas wreaths. This was my ultimate favorite treat as a kid. I remember my Aunt always made them and it was the highlight of the Christmas party for me. A couple of years ago, I started making them with my kids and they enjoy it so much that I want to share this super simple recipe with you!
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 3 cups of marshmallows (big or little – doesn’t really matter!)
- 4 cups of cornflake cereal
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- green food coloring (I don’t measure – but I would estimate its about 1.5-2 teaspoons)
- 1/4 cup of cinnamon red hot candies
After you gather everything you need, you will start by melting the butter in a large saucepan on low/medium heat. Once the butter is melted, go ahead and add the marshmallows and allow that to melt into the butter. Once they are both melted and gooey, turn off the heat and add in the vanilla and food coloring. We used natural food coloring this year and it didn’t give us that bright green color we were used to but it still tasted great! Once everything is combined, carefully add the corn flakes and fold them into the mixture slowly as to not break them too much.
Once the corn flakes are evenly coated, put the coated mixture onto a piece of wax paper that is lightly sprayed with cooking oil. This is the fun, but sometimes tricky part. They are extremely sticky and hard to work with when they first come out of the pan, so I typically let them cool for a few minutes and gently shape them into circles. My kids had a hard time with this, as it kept sticking to their hands. I helped them if they asked, otherwise, they just made them into circle shapes without the middle part of the wreath. The goal isn’t perfection, as we were going to eat them anyway!
After you shape them into the desired shape, you add the cinnamon candies. Personally, this is a must-have for me but my kids didn’t really like them as they are a bit hot. In the past, we have decorated with M&Ms as well.
After they are decorated, the best part comes – eating them! These are a great treat to bring to parties, or just to enjoy with your family. They look really cute and taste even better! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!