Here’s a fun way to get your kids into the Hanukkah spirit this weekend! This idea was inspired by Jewish cooking legend Joan Nathan; the original version of these dreidels appeared in her book The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen. I modified her idea slightly, using a pretzel for the dreidel’s handle and Nutella as a “glue” to hold the marshmallow and kiss together. I’ve also added my own variation on this concept, which includes candy coating and sprinkles.
Kosher Note: Most major marshmallow brands are not kosher because they contain gelatin, which is derived from pig. However, there are brands that make kosher marshmallows out there. Most kosher grocery stores carry them, and some regular markets have them in the kosher section. Elyon brand is certified pareve by the OU (Orthodox Union):
This recipe is very kid-friendly, except for melting the candy coating which should be supervised by a grownup. It’s a yummy project that the whole family can enjoy together!
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- Jumbo marshmallows
- Stick pretzels
- Nutella hazelnut spread
- Chocolate candy kisses
- Cake decorating gel
- Chocolate or vanilla candy coating
- Vegetable shortening
- Candy sprinkles
You will also need
- Parchment paper, cookie sheet (for candy coated dreidels)
- First, push a pretzel into the flat side of the marshmallow, sticking it in as far as you can without puncturing the opposite side.
- Next, spread a small amount of Nutella onto the base of a chocolate kiss. Use the Nutella as “glue” to attach the kiss to the flat end of the marshmallow.
- At this point, you can use cake decorating gel to write one of the four Hebrew dreidel letters onto the surface of the marshmallow… Nun, Hey, Gimel, Shin
- Here are the Hebrew letters if you need a guide:
- These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase, Nes Gadol Haya Sham– which means “A great miracle happened there.”
- Cake decorating gel takes a long time to dry, so give your letters a few hours to set… if your kids can wait that long!
- If you want to add a candy coating to your dreidel instead of the letters, make sure your marshmallow dreidels are prepped and ready to go before you start working with the chocolate. You will need to work quickly while the chocolate is soft. Place the dreidels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, with at least an inch or two in between each dreidel.
- Melt your chocolate or vanilla candy coating according to the package directions at the lowest temperature setting possible. Ideally the consistency of the melted coating should be like chocolate syrup—not overly thick. If your candy coating seems too thick after melting it, you can thin it out using a tablespoon or two of vegetable shortening.
- Once it’s melted, transfer the melted candy coating to a cool bowl. Working quickly, dip your dreidels one-at-a-time into the coating and roll them until the surface is evenly covered. As you dip the dreidels, make sure you don’t leave them in the hot candy coating for longer than a few seconds at a time. If you leave it longer, the Hershey kiss will melt and you’ll have a flat-bottomed dreidel.
- Pull the dreidel out of the coating and hold it over the bowl, point side facing downward, for a few seconds to get rid of excess drips.
- Place it on the parchment-lined cookie sheet and coat immediately with sprinkles.
- Once all of your dreidels are coated, let them dry for 15-20 minutes until the candy coating has set. A slight “puddle” will form underneath each dreidel, so it won’t look perfect—but that’s not the point. It will still look dreidel-ish, and it will taste yummy! Have fun!
To learn more about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, click here.
For more Hanukkah crafts, click here.