Cherry Marshmallows

Homemade cherry marshmallows are a welcome addition to any mug of hot cocoa or chocolate this holiday season. They’re a real treat for the whole family.

Cherry Marshmallows on Savvy Eats

When I wrote about my new favorite Russian tea cake cookies recipe, I mentioned that I am always striving for a balance of flavors when I put together my holiday cookie plates. But I forgot to mention my new secret weapon for gifting said cookie tins: they also include homemade marshmallows.

Last year, in my quest to perfect my creamsicle marshmallows recipe, I made way more marshmallows than Dan and I could ever hope to eat. We’re talking “drink hot cocoa two times a day and some of the marshmallows will still go bad before you can get to them” levels here. So I added a few to each tin of cookies that I handed out to family and friends.

They were an immediate hit. Everyone reported back that they loved having fluffy, pillow-y marshmallows to add to their hot chocolate while they were trimming their trees or watching holiday movies or doing their own holiday baking. So I plan to make “add homemade marshmallows to the cookie plates” an annual tradition – because who doesn’t love homemade marshmallows?

Homemade Cherry Marshmallows // Savvy EatsFor this homemade cherry marshmallow recipe, I used the juice from my maraschino cherries (though store-bought will work just as well!), whipping it in at the last minute or so. Because the cherries themselves don’t contain any dyes, the marshmallows turned an unappealing brown-ish color, so I also added a few drops of gel-based food coloring to make them a pretty pink. This part is totally optional, though it does make everything look a little more appetizing.

We’ve enjoyed these with both milk and dark hot cocoa. If you really want to get fancy, they are also amazing with an almond-spiked hot chocolate (just add a few drops of almond extract or a shot of amaretto).

Want to spike your homemade marshmallows? These chambord marshmallows would be great for the holidays as well!

19 Wrapping Ideas for Your Food Gifts

19 Wrapping Ideas for Your DIY Food Gifts // Savvy Eats

We’re in the final holiday stretch, and you may already have all your DIY food gifts planned out (or even made!). But have you figured out how you’re going to wrap your gifts? I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that, but let’s face it, a cutely wrapped present feels a little more magical while you’re waiting to unwrap it. Here are 19 gift wrapping ideas for your DIY food gifts, from folded treat envelopes and boxes to printable labels:

Wrapping Tutorials and Ideas for Food Gifts:

Compartmentalized boxes for gifting little treats via You Are My Fave

Cookie compotes via Martha Stewart

Cookie envelopes via Going Home to Roost

Cookie tubes via Better Homes and Gardens

DIY folded paper cookie & treat gift boxes via It’s Always Autumn

Printable popcorn boxes via One Charming Party

Townhouse gift boxes via Martha Stewart

Printables for General Food Gifts:

Adorable black and white canning jar labels for canned or baked goods via A Simple Pantry

Christmas labels for edible gifts via Lia Griffith

Paper gift bags via Thirty Handmade Days

19 Wrapping Ideas for Your DIY Food Gifts //

Printables For Specific Food Gifts:

Cinnamon, orange, lemon, grapefruit and vanilla extract labels via Spoon Fork Bacon

Gingerbread cookie mix in a jar labels via Food for My Family

Hazelnut crinkles, molasses cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough labels (package the dough in ice cream containers!) via Betty Crocker

Homemade pasta labels via Spoon Fork Bacon

Homemade vanilla extract labels via Live Laugh Rowe

Moroccan spiced pepitas labels via Snixy Kitchen

Orange hot fudge sauce labels via Positively Splendid

Seasoned salt pack (four flavors: sriracha, smoky lime, sage and rosemary salt) labels 

Triple chip cookie mix in a jar labels and recipe cards via The Law Student’s Wife

P.S. See more gift ideas on my Food Gifts Pinterest board.

Photos via Snixy Kitchen, Spoon Fork Bacon, The Law Student’s Wife, It’s Always Autumn, Food for my Family, Betty Crocker, A Simple Pantry.