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.
I knoooooow. I’m a pleasant hypocrite. Yay!
But 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.
Marshmallow Dreidels *adapted slightly from CakeSpy’s version in her book!
- 12 large marshmallows
- 12 pretzel sticks
- 12 Hershey's kisses, unwrapped
- 1 bag blue candy melts
- 2 squares white chocolate
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pipe the symbols carefully onto the wax paper. You could also try piping the Star of David, too! Allow the symbols to set.
- 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!!
- **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.
- 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.**
These 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 🙂