10 Holiday Tips & Tricks | Day Ten

Hello, and welcome to the very last day of our 2017 10 Holiday Tips & Tricks series here on The Digital Press blog!

Today I am here to share with you a really fun last-minute project for those of you who want to add a little extra magic to your Christmas morning…

…festive marshmallow-snowflake hot cocoa toppers! 🙂

Supplies Needed

  • marshmallows (mini size shown above; but you can use a variety of big/small/different colors/etc.)
  • toothpicks
  • mug(s)
  • hot cocoa of choice


This project’s about as simple as it gets, when it comes to the “how-to” of it all! Seriously… you just thread the marshmallows onto toothpicks in any configuration / combination that you like! 🙂

A few pointers and ideas, though (based on my vast experience in the field of marshmallow-snowflake production, LOL)…

  • If using mini-marshmallows, as shown above, you should limit it to 3 toothpicks (a.k.a. a 6-point snowflake), or else the center piece won’t hold together when acting as the center for more than 3 spokes (toothpicks)
  • When threading toothpicks through the center “spoke” (or marshmallow)… stick the first toothpick through the very middle, the next one just above that (almost touching the first), and the third one just below the first (middle) toothpick. This keeps everything centralized, and leaves enough marshmallow on the top and bottom to keep your toothpicks from breaking through.
  • To create a much larger snowflake… you can also use a large marshmallow for the center, and then use 6 individual toothpicks that all radiate outward from that center point (i.e. your snowflake will be 2x as big as mine… so only do this if you have a giant mug! haha)
  • If you want to get really creative, you can use marshmallows of different colors and/or shapes. You could use the little pink and green mini-marshmallows to make “red” and “green” snowflakes, for instance, on Christmas… etc. You can also use the cute little star-shaped marshmallows for the center and the ends of each toothpick… super cute!

No matter how you make your marshmallow-snowflakes… they’ll be delicious, and they’ll put a smile on the face of anyone whose mug gets delivered with one on the edge. Guaranteed!

If you’re thinking of giving this recipe a try… head over to The Digital Press’s challenge forum and get the details about how you can earn challenge points for December 2017 at TDP if you try any of our ’10 Holiday Tips & Tricks’ throughout the month as they appear here in this blog series.

Here’s wishing you you have a very happy holidays and a fantastic upcoming weekend with your family and friends! 😉

Laura Passage

About the Author  Laura Passage is the owner of The Digital Press, and also the designer behind Wishing Well Creations by Laura Passage (WWC). She works now as a graphic designer in both the digital and paper scrapbooking industries, but previously spent over a decade working as a college soccer coach. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two young sons (affectionately referred to as The Tiny Terrorists), and will rationalize eating coffee ice cream for breakfast to anyone who questions it.

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