Learn to make these cute polar bear marshmallows and create adorable polar bear hot chocolate Valentine’s for your child’s class!
Polar Bear Marshmallow Hot Chocolate Valentine
My baby is 10, and last week it hit me that our days of handmade class Valentine’s are rapidly coming to an end. In fact, I think this is our last year for it. 😭 Don’t get me wrong. There have been many years where I’ve GLADLY run to the drugstore at the eleventh hour the night before Valentine’s Day to pick up some generic cards for the class. No shame in the store bought game! However, I actually love creating fun foodie Valentine’s Day treats, and I know I will miss it once the boys are grown! (p.s. I’ve linked all of my Valentine’s creations from the past decade at the end of this post–crappy photography and all! There are some super cute ideas in the mix so don’t miss it.)
I had an idea to create a hot chocolate Valentine with polar bear marshmallows, so on a whim I googled “polar bear marshmallows” to see if they had been created before and lo and behold THEY HAD!! Nothing new under the sun my friends! One of my blog friends, Sarah from Mom Endeavors has an excellent tutorial on how to create marshmallow polar bears and Southern Living has an equally cute video showing how to make them. My tutorial is similar to Sarah’s, so I encourage you to visit her post for the step-by-steps!
In a nutshell, here is how I created my polar bear marshmallows!
1. Cut a jumbo marshmallow in half and a regular marshmallow in half. The jumbo marshmallow creates the polar bear’s head and the regular marshmallow creates its muzzle.
2. Dip the cut, sticky-sides of the marshmallows in powdered sugar. This gets rid of the stickiness.
3. Melt white chocolate chips or white chocolate melting chips to act as your glue.
4. Dollop melted white chocolate on your cut regular marshmallow and place on jumbo.
5. & 6. “Glue” on eyes to jumbo marshmallow head with white chocolate. I used a wooden skewer to place chocolate on eyes.
7. “Glue” on nose with white chocolate. You can use a chocolate covered raisin, M&M, or any round chocolate covered candy. I used chocolate covered ginger pieces found in the bulk aisle section of the grocery.
8. “Glue” on mini-marshmallow ears.
To preserve freshness, place your polar bear marshmallows in a large gallon-sized ziplock as you go. You should be able to fit 20 bears in a gallon-sized baggie.
Aren’t they adorable? I love them!
To create the sandwich bag topper, I uploaded a polar bear graphic from Freepik (linked below) and created the Valentine card using the online photo-editing software Picmonkey. Due to the copyright terms of Freepik, I’m not able to offer this to you as a free download, but you can easily create your own if you know how to use Picmonkey and Word. I came up with “It’s unbearably cold! Stay warm Valentine!” using Futura BT Light font.
Polar Bear Graphic Designed by Freepik
My son and I placed a packet of hot chocolate and a polar bear marshmallow in a 6.5 x 5.875 sandwich bag and then used glue dots to adhere the baggie topper.
And of course we had to taste-test the marshmallows!! 😉
Feel free to pin this idea for later!
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