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The first candy recipe I’m sharing with you for my Halloween Candy-Making Event is based on a childhood favorite of mine:  The Mallo Cup!  This retro classic is a cup-shaped candy containing milk chocolate and coconut, with a marshmallow center.  I much prefer dark chocolate over milk, so in my version I used an equal mixture of both instead of just using milk; you can use whatever kind of chocolate you like best.

Marshmallow Fluff is the one ingredient in this recipe that some people may have trouble finding.  If Fluff isn’t available to you, you might be able to find a good recipe for it online.  Also, I have to say that it bears a strangely close resemblance to meringue.  Check out my recipe for meringue that I used to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream and you’ll see what I mean.  I can’t say for sure because I haven’t tried it, but perhaps meringue (with a little bit of cream of tartar added to keep the consistency smooth) may work as a replacement?  Food for thought.  ;)

Marshmallow Fluff 

In my last post, I talk about tempering chocolate.  The beauty of this recipe is that you can add more shredded coconut to the top of the cups, thus covering any exposed chocolate and rendering the tempering process unnecessary (who cares about bloom if you can’t see it right?  ;) ).  Or if you prefer, you can leave the tops bare and temper your chocolate.  Totally your call, they’re equally delicious both ways.

Marshmallow Cups

(Yield:  24 cups)

8 oz dark chocolate*

8 oz milk chocolate*

1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for topping if desired

1/2 c Marshmallow Fluff

Mini muffin tray and mini muffin paper or foil liners (foil liners work much better)

Line a mini muffin tray with paper liners.  Melt the chocolate (if you want to temper it, see here, otherwise, you can melt it in a microwave or a double boiler).  Combine the melted chocolate with 1/4 c coconut.  Place a spoonful of the chocolate/coconut mixture in each prepared well (it should come about 1/3 of the way up the side), then place 1/2 tsp of Fluff on top of the chocolate; top the Fluff with another spoonful of the chocolate/coconut mixture.  Tap the tray against the counter a couple times to smooth out the chocolates, then top each candy with more coconut if desired.  Allow to set completely before serving.

*For this recipe, I used the complimentary Guittard chocolate I received; thanks again to Guittard for sponsoring my Halloween Candy-Making Event!

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Just think about it……you would have NO reason to not make these for EVERY occasion, just die the coconut whatever color that goes with what you are celebrating😁😁😁😁😁😁😁

  2. I finally tried these, Faith. Though I don’t love them like I love my Mallo Cups, they were still pretty darned good. Thanks for sharing — it is fun to try new recipes :)

  3. Dark chocolate sounds like a good match with all that fluff.

  4. Oh Faith, this is the coolest post ever! I’m so glad I didn’t miss it. I LOVED those Mallo Cups as a kid (I still buy one if ever I see them). And though I’ve made my own peanut butter cups before, never thought to try to recreate the Mallo Cups. This recipe is getting printed out now! I sooo want to make these. Yum.

  5. Looks pretty good, Faith. Plus, I like the idea that you used some dark chocolate. I would go dark & semi-sweet.

  6. Your marshmallow cups turned out great Faith! I love the coconut on top. We must be on the same wavelength because I was thinking of making PB cups this weekend!

  7. I love these candies! How fun to be even thinking about Halloween! I also love marshmallow fluff, used to buy it a lot, especially since it can also be used in middle-eastern pastries to replace the cream that is served with karabeej (pistachios cookies with semolina)

  8. I’m making these over the weekend! My husband adores marshmallow, and I know that these cups will be one of his favorite Halloween treats. Thank you for always giving me such great recipe ideas. I’m excited to see what else you come up with this month!

  9. I’m not sure if I can stop eating these once I start. They look yummy!

  10. I love that you are doing a candy making event. Your fluff/chocolate candy cups look amazing & are very creative. I too would opt for the dark chocolate. I also like the coconut flake topper. xo

  11. Got to be one of my favorites, Faith! I always have a jar of fluff in my pantry. You couldn’t have used it to better advantage!! YUM!

  12. Mmm….these look delicious! Definitely my kind of treat! I’ve never heard of marshmallow fluff before- I love the name =)

  13. OMG these look soooo good, I am going to have to try this, although the concept of tempering the chocolate kind of scares me a little. BTW go check out my blog, today’s entry is a take off of your open-faced omelet!

  14. What a great idea Faith! I’m getting so excited about Halloween this year! And I wish we had trick or treating so that I could be one of the lucky people that knocks on your door! :D

  15. Great recipe! Mallo cups are my husbands all-time favorite. He will be so excited if I make them for him homemade. Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

  16. Faith, you are a girl after my own heart! These look AMAZING! I have to make these..

  17. Heavenly Housewife says:

    You know, I’ve never bought Fluff before. I never really understood what to do with it (the idea of a Fluff sandwich never appealed), but I love what you’ve done, looks absolutely wonderful.
    *kisses* HH

  18. i won’t lie–i’ve eaten marshmallow fluff from the jar. i make no excuses for my behavior.
    LOVE the coconut on top–these are wonderful!

  19. I am so jealous… you’re hosting a candy making event!?! I can’t wait to see more delicious candy recipes like this one… yum!

  20. omg!! Why don’t we have marshmallow fluff in Australia????

  21. Oh my gosh, those look amazing! I’ve never worked with fluff…it intimidates me for some odd reason! These look doable though…definitely planning to make them! Thanks, Faith!!

  22. They look perfect!
    Very creative idea.
    I love how you have taken something that you love from your childhood and have reinvented it.

  23. Mmm I’ve never made my own candy before but it sounds like so much fun! I love mallo bars as well! I would probably make mine ALL dark chocolate…man that would be perfect.

    I actually have a recipe for marshmallow frosting on my blog that basically tastes almost exactly like fluff! I can send it to you if you want!

    1. Joanne, Marshmallow frosting sounds fantastic! I would love your recipe, thank you so much! :)

  24. Faith,
    I need to visit your house. This look awesome.

  25. Faith,

    I think the children in your neighborhood are going to have a fabulous Halloween. My mother would make something similar but not as creative.

    Be well

  26. Oh. em. Geeee. SO amazing!!!! Wish I was your neighbor…for the umpteenth time!

  27. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit says:

    Woo Hoo! I have all of the ingredients for these in my pantry!

  28. Do you have an age limit for trick or treaters at your house? Cuz I know one 45 year old who wants to knock at your door.

  29. I’m ringing your doorbell on Halloween for those treats. Sure beats candy corn any day! ;)

  30. 5 Star Foodie says:

    These are looking super yummy! Would love to make these treats for Halloween!

  31. As if the chocolate from the last post wasn’t enough, now marshmallow? those look sinful, I’m sure I couldn’t stop at 1.
    Have a great weekend..

  32. From what I see here, I suspect that by the end of this event, I will wish to be me in your doorstep during Halloween.

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