Both chocolate and marshmallows rank high on the list of delectable treats. But combine them together and you get a match made in heaven that is ready to appease your sweet tooth to the fullest. But the question is, how much to charge for chocolate covered marshmallows?
For basic homemade chocolate covered marshmallows, you should look to charge $1.60 to $2 per piece, which will cover the cost of ingredients, labor, and packaging. Additional charges may apply depending on shipping cost and extra decoration. A profit margin between 15-30% would be ideal.
Making this amazing treat is far easier and cheaper than you might initially assume. So, let’s take a closer look at how you can make chocolate-covered marshmallows at home. Plus, we will look at the proper ways to store and package them for future use.
How Much Do Chocolate Covered Marshmallows Cost to Make?
The recipe we are going to follow requires 1 bag of regular marshmallows (about 35-40 pieces) and 1 bag (12 0z) of Ghirardelli’s chocolate chips. You can add more toppings as you desire. Keep in mind that the pricing we list here is subject to change depending on which brand’s product you use and where you get them from.
We are going to use Ghirardelli’s chocolate chips in this recipe as it packs great taste in a manageable price range. You will need two bags of chips, which will cost you about $3.20. You can select the semi-sweet variation or the bittersweet one, depending on your preference. Both types of chips will cost you the same.
Now for the marshmallows, we are going to use Campfire’s regular size marshmallows. This bag will cost about $1.50 and contain 40 pieces of regular marshmallows. Use two marshmallows per stick to make 20 treats in total.
So, the total cost of the chocolate and marshmallows is $4.68. This recipe will yield around 20 double-decked marshmallow sticks. So, a single chocolate-covered marshmallow is going to cost you about $0.23. So, for about a dollar, you can make 4 delicious chocolate and marshmallow desserts.
If you want, you can add rainbow sprinkles to make the treats more visually appealing. For this, you will need about ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles, which will cost you around $0.70. This will bring the cost up to $5.40 per batch of chocolate-covered marshmallows.
How Do You Package Chocolate Covered Marshmallows?
Place the marshmallows in a plastic bag and wrap it with a pretty ribbon. Once the chocolate has been set properly, you do not have to worry about it sticking to everything. Or you can get a large enough box, line it with aluminum foil, and then place the marshmallows.
If you are planning on storing the treats in a freezer, put them in a zipper bag and squeeze the extra air out. You can also double wrap it with plastic foil for extra security.
How Do You Preserve Chocolate Covered Marshmallows?
The best way to store these treats is to put them in a refrigerator or a freezer, depending on how long you want to keep them. They will last in a refrigerator for weeks without losing their original taste and texture too much.
But if you want to keep them for much longer, the freezer is your best option. The marshmallows can last up to 4 months in a freezer.
Once the chocolate has hardened, place the marshmallows in an airtight container so that moisture cannot get in. if you are using a plastic bag, make sure to squeeze out as much as you can without squishing the marshmallows.
To ensure that your chocolate-covered marshmallows will last longer, make sure you don’t add additional liquid to chocolate when melting it. Especially don’t add dairy products.
Can You Sell Chocolate Covered Marshmallows from Home?
Thanks to the advent of various online platforms, you can start a small bakery right from the comfort of your home. You can make your own website highlighting your goods or advertise them on social media. You can start by selling only to local customers before branching out to a wider area.
Of course, you will need to know the laws of your area about starting a food-related home business and be aware of sanitary requirements. Having a formal structure is not always an absolute necessity. But getting the proper license and documents will save you a lot of hassle.
How to Decorate Chocolate Covered Marshmallows?
This is arguably the most fun part of the whole process as you can decorate your chocolate marshmallows however you like. You can put sprinkles on the marshmallows immediately after dunking them in chocolate. This will help the sprinkles adhere to the dessert.
Alternatively, you can top it off with some roasted almonds or any other nuts that you prefer. Or you can simply drizzle it with some additional chocolate syrup, different kinds of chocolate and coconut.
If you want to get really fancy for the holidays, you can use candy canes to hold the marshmallows instead of toothpicks. This will elevate it to one of the ultimate holiday-time treats.
How Long Do Chocolate Covered Marshmallows Last?
Both chocolate and marshmallows do not perish as quickly as meat or sauce. In fact, they can stay safe even at room temperature for several days. You can extend their longevity by placing them in the freezer or just the refrigerator.
Chocolate-covered marshmallows can easily last for 3-4 months in a freezer. Of course, you have to make sure that you packaged them properly before placing them in the freezer. Otherwise, moisture can get in and dampen the marshmallows.
To conclude, chocolate and marshmallows complement each other marvelously to create a delightful experience. And with little effort and relatively low expanse, you can start making this confection at home.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Marshmallows?
This is one of the easiest desserts to make yet the results are stunning for such minimal effort. All you require in terms of utensils are a rubber spatula, some toothpicks, a microwave-safe bowl, a baking tray, and some parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Pour the chocolate chips into the bowl and place them in the microwave. Melt the chocolate in 30-second intervals for 2-3 minutes or until the chocolate has thoroughly melted. While you are melting it, line the baking tray with paper or foil.
With the help of the toothpicks or straw, pick up 2 marshmallows at a time and dunk them in the chocolate. You can cover the entire marshmallow or only half of it. Then place the marshmallows on the tray making sure they are properly spaced. Otherwise, they will end up sticking to one another.
This is the part when you can put on any extra topping. The chocolate is still soft so the topping will stick to the dessert. You can roll the marshmallows on a tray of sprinkles or roasted nuts. Or you can coat them by hand.
Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate over a stove. Put a pot with water on top of the stove on medium heat. Then place a bowl with the chocolates on top of the initial pot. Gently stir the chocolate until it melts all the way through. This way you avoid the risk of burning the chocolate. The rest of the process is identical.
Now, let the marshmallows cool down a bit and place them in the fridge. It will normally take the chocolate 20-30 minutes to harden. When it is time to serve, bring the tray out and let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.