Marshmallow Dreidels


I know everything on this blog is complete culinary mishegas. I try to be a dessert maven–never a shmaltzy kinda girl–and sometimes, some of my creations end up being totally, outrageously meshugge… in a good way.

Oy vey. Enough with the Yiddish, I think. I’m starting to sound like a shlemiel.

Anyway. I’m not Jewish. Nor do I know Yiddish very well (anything I learned came directly from The Simpsons or Seinfeld. In other words, I’m very culturally educated, apparently).

I’ve never even eating Matzo ball soup! Ugh, I’m totally lame.

I do, however, remember thinking as a child that I really wanted a dreidel. I’ve always been a curious (read: nosy) child and had always wanted to spin one and play games even though I’m a horrible game player.

When I lose, I don’t turn into a sore loser per se, but I get the sudden urge to play “just one more round” so I can dominate. Also, when I win, I gloat. I’m terrible. Oh, and there’s the small fact that I literally loathe learning new games which makes me the crappiest game player EVER because if the card game isn’t Crazy 8s, Slapjack or 21, I’m mentally unprepared to learn something new and I go into shut-down mode.

Saaaaamesies with new music. I really hate listening to stuff I don’t know.

knoooooow. I’m a pleasant hypocrite. Yay!

036But regardless of me being an obnoxious 3-card-game-knowing brat, I did make you edible dreidels. Because honestly, there’s no way you can lose. If you win, you get money plus food. If you lose, you get food. Now that is a game I can learn to play and play well.

025Marshmallow Dreidels *adapted slightly from CakeSpy’s version in her book

Marshmallow Dreidels
Recipe type: Treats
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
Dreidel, dreidel, dreidellll.. sing it out while eating edible dreidels. Culinary mishegas.
  • 12 large marshmallows
  • 12 pretzel sticks
  • 12 Hershey's kisses, unwrapped
  • 1 bag blue candy melts
  • 2 squares white chocolate
  1. First, line a baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup. Take a pretzel stick and gently press it into one of the flat sides of the marshmallow, careful not to skewer the mallow completely.
  2. Melt one square of white chocolate in the microwave until smooth. Gently dip the flat part of a Hershey kiss into the white chocolate and press to adhere to the flat bottom of the marshmallow, holding carefully for about 15-20 seconds. Repeat with remaining dreidels, then freeze the dreidels to set the kisses, about 15 minutes.
  3. While the dreidels are setting up, you can make your symbols. I printed out sample Gimel and Hay symbols from Google for a reference guide. Lay out wax paper on a flat surface and microwave the additional white chocolate. Pour the melted chocolate in a plastic baggy, seal, then snip off a tiny corner.
  4. Pipe the symbols carefully onto the wax paper. You could also try piping the Star of David, too! Allow the symbols to set.
  5. Now melt your candy melts. Dip each dreidel into the blue candy melts, allowing excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet. Once the dreidels have been dipped and the blue melts have set, carefully remove the symbols and attach them VERY carefully to the dreidels with a little extra blue candy melts (I just got the tip of a toothpick wet, wet the back of the symbol, and very gently attached it to the dreidel). Once the symbols are set, you're ready to serve!!
  6. **Note: this recipe is easily doubled or tripled--just make as many as you'd like an adjust the candy melts and white chocolate accordingly.
  7. I chose to pipe two of the four dreidel symbols (I chose the ones that had the best winning rewards) 🙂 Gimel stands for "gantz" which means all--you win the entire pot. Hay/hey stands for "halb" which means half--you win half of the pot, plus any oddball tokens. I found this info HERE.**

031These dreidels would be so fun to gift up to your friends or relatives, or serve as a cute little dessert or appetizer on the side for Hanukkah, which begins on Sunday, December 9th. And again, it’s a game everyone wins at. A tasty win 🙂

Happy Hanukkah!!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Hahhaaa I love you, you crack me up. As a non-Jew who has always been fascinated by dreidels as well…I love these marshmallows 😛

  2. Haha I love that you love dreidels! I remember being intrigued by them in elementary school. Too funny.

  3. Hayley these are great and loving that they’re easy to make 😀

  4. bakerbynature says:

    My boyfriend is Jewish and since we’re celebrating both holidays this year, he’d be super giddy if I made these! You’re such a creative girl, Hayley!

  5. I can’t hear the word deidel without thinking of South Park! These are really cute! I like em, and could probably eat my weight in them. The blue is perfect! And as for games, I avoid my neighborhood Euchre nights. I’m so paranoid about learning new games. I’m afraid I just wont understand the rules!

  6. I’m Jewish, but I’m a really bad Jew. Like… pork eating atheist Jew. I would totally eat these dreidels.

  7. Such cute driedels!

  8. They are awesome and I think it’s so great that you made dreidels and you’re not even Jewish! My hubs is, and I should make these to infuse some dreidel-ness into our home for our daughter!

  9. You know what, I’m not a Jew and I know absolutely nothing about Jewish traditions. When I was a teen, my Dad said I didn’t have to go to any religious education classes as school, so I didn’t. I don’t even know what a dreidel is. I just remember the shape. *blush* Google time ahoy!

    Whatever they are, I’d totally eat your edible version. I love that you’ve used Hershey’s kisses to get the shape of the dreidel. Love the vibrant colour too. And your piping skills are amazeballs.

  10. You’re pictures look awesome!

  11. omg, all i can think about is that song, “dreidel dreidel dreidel, a toy made out of clay…” damnit! haha these look delish though!

  12. These are SO great. I had several Jewish friends growing up, and one of them always hosted a Hanukkah party. I loved the dreidels! And, the desserts. OMG I need to go make rugelach!

  13. Those are so super cute! They would make great gifts for sure!

  14. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    I have a little dreidel
    I made it out of clay
    And when it’s dry and ready
    Then dreidel I shall play!
    I think making them out of marshmallows is much tastier than Clay!

  15. These are SUPER gorgeous! what an awesome idea

  16. OMG, I LOVE these!

  17. OMG, LOVE these!! Fantastic!

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