Homemade Neighbor Gift


homemade peppermint marshmallows

If you’re looking for a last minute homemade neighbor gift, I’ve got you covered.  I didn’t have time or energy to make my annual homemade toffee much to the chagrin of my children, but I made homemade peppermint marshmallows instead.

peppermint marshmallows

Before you go calling the Martha police on me, I swear this gift is easier than it looks.  Way easier. These are just skewers with marshmallows coated in peppermint.

Give them to your friends alongside packets of hot chocolate mix and you’ll be the toast of the neighborhood in no time.

Here’s what you need to make peppermint marshmallows:

peppermint marshmallow
  • candy canes or peppermint candies
  • marshmallows
  • bamboo skewers
  • powdered sugar
  • hot chocolate packets {for packaging as a gift}
  • waxed paper {I always forget at least one thing, forgive me}
candy canes

Step 1:

Put the peppermint candy canes in a zip-lock bag and hand over to your kids.  You’ll have smashed peppermint candy in no time.  {I wish I were kidding, but I’m totally not}  Failing that, use a mallet or something else heavy and smash up the candy until it’s a chunky consistency.

peppermint candy

Step 2:

Pour the broken up peppermint candy into a bowl and put aside.

peppermint cany canes

Step 3:

Measure 1 cup of sifted powdered sugar and put into a bowl.  This will be the glue for the peppermint.  Now add one tablespoon at a time of water to the mixture until you get a thin-ish consistency.

confectioners sugar

Step 4:

Lay out two sheets of waxed paper and put the liquid powdered sugar and the peppermint bowls next to each other on top of it.  This stuff’s a mess.  You’ll be dipping the marshmallow into the glaze, then coating it with peppermint.

peppermint candy

Step 5:

Completely coat the marshmallow in the powdered sugar glaze, then transfer over to the peppermint bowl really fast.  Roll the marshmallow around in the peppermint until it’s covered and transfer to the waxed paper to dry.



Step 6:

Do as many marshmallows as you have peppermint for, laying them out one at a time on the waxed paper to dry.  Look how crafty you are!



Step 7:

Skewer the marshmallows on bamboo skewers, two at a time.  Leave these to dry a few hours or until the peppermint and marshmallows feel hard and completely dry.

peppermint marshmallows

Step 8:

Now package up the peppermint marshmallow alongside a few packets of hot chocolate mix in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty ribbon.  Your friends and neighbors will die, swoon, melt.

This is a super cheap, easy, and gorgeous holiday neighbor gift.

homemade peppermint marshmallows

Rest assured, if you lived in my neck of the woods you’d be getting one of these beauties hand delivered today, along with one of our family holiday cards.

Merry Christmas!

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Maria :

    Cute gift idea! Merry Christmas!

    • Allison :

      Thanks Maria! Merry Christmas to you too!

  2. Amie :

    TOTALLY saving this idea for next year! Love it!

    • Allison :

      I know, I’m a day late and a dollar short.

  3. Kami :

    Those are adorable!

    • Allison :

      Coming from the queen of adorable, that’s high praise.


  4. Sarah :

    You saved me! I am totally making these, I love them. So quick and so cute! I was going to post it on my facebook, but I don’t want to give the secret away.

    • Allison :

      post away! the more the merrier!

  5. Amy Smart :

    Those are great! I think I am totally capable of pulling this one off! Thanks!

    • Allison :

      Of course you are! Anyone who whips together quilts like you can do this in her sleep.

    • Allison :

      So glad! Me too.

  6. Marie :

    Way too awesome. I love that little slurry to dip them in. Perfect!!

    • Petit Elefant :

      Ha! Well. I’ve given up on perfect.

  7. Jane :

    Love this idea!