Its stretching it a bit to call this a recipe. Chucking some marshmallows on top of melted chocolate, whacking a Smartie on top and calling it cordon beau cooking would be slightly taking the mick. But these Top Hats represent part of my childhood. A good part. A warm fuzzy part. And having come south of Hadrian’s Wall as an adult, I’ve come to realise that they haven’t featured in a fair amount of other folk’s childhoods. Which is such a shame.
I produced these for one of my lot’s parties (there haven’t been many parties, but there are lots of kids, so I’d struggle to pin down the exact moment). Chatting to the adults present, it emerged that only the Scots and the Northern Irish amongst us had come across Top Hats before. They’re clearly a Gaelic creation?
So it would only be fair to share the love with others. And as they are so simple, and yet so happiness-inducing, I feel it a duty to pop these on the blog.
On this occasion, I made them for a cake sale at school. Its Children In Need, the theme is spotty, and by jove, my Top Hats fit the brief perfectly (apart from the whole lack of cake bit, but meh). These are perfect for cake sales as they don’t take much effort to make, you can make hundreds pretty quickly if you need to, and they go down really well.
Makes approx. 23-24 Top Hats, depending on how many marshmallows in the packet
200g bar of milk chocolate
1 bag of marshmallows
1 tube of Smarties
mini cupcake cases
1. Spread out your cupcake cases on a tray.
2. Put the chocolate in a microwavable bowl, and melt (in 30 sec bursts, stirring after each burst).
3. Fill each case with a teaspoon of chocolate. Don’t overfill, a little goes a long way.
This will get a bit messy. But heh, we’re living on the edge. Leave enough chocolate in the bowl to dip your Smarties in.
4. Place a marshmallow on top of each case-full of chocolate. Now this is important: Place the marshmallows with the smaller end down. Thus the end result will look (something) like a top hat. Ah ha, it all makes sense now!
5. Dip a Smartie into the remaining chocolate, enough to coat the underside, then place on top of the marshmallow.
Et voila! Top Hats. If you can’t make these, there’s probably something wrong with you.
Try not to eat them all before giving them to the kids/cake sale. Or just eat them all. I’ve made extra so a few won’t be missed. There is just something about a marshmallow, sitting on a bed of chocolate, with a Smartie on top to add a bit of crunch, that really hits the spot.
cooking putting together!