Dulce de Leche & Coconut Marshmallow Clusters

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Christmas baking is a tradition in our home. It isn’t so much the sweets that we enjoy although let me tell you, there are some goodies made! It’s the time that we all get to spend together as a family while the baking is happening and our Christmas tree is being decorated that we all enjoy so much. There is just something about that time spent making delicious goodies together that we have all come to treasure. These Dulce de Leche` and Coconut Marshmallow Clusters have been a part of our holiday candy making and baking for a few years now. They’re not what you would think of when you think holiday cookies and candy, but our family loves the addition!

Rich and popping with awesome flavor, these Dulce de Leche & Coconut Marshmallow Clusters are just what you've been looking for in a candy recipe!

If you love the flavor of Dulce de Leche, you’re going to absolutely flip at these! They’re sweet and chocolatey and when they Dulce de Leche mixes with the coconut? Pure perfection! The best part though? They don’t take long at all to make! There’s no real cooking involved and they’re ready to eat in about a half an hour! Since these are basically cook free, your kids can help too!

Dulce de Leche Marshmallow Clusters

One quick note about the chocolate. If you want to help your chocolate harden a bit more than it will “normally” you can add a tablespoon of shortening or a small chunk of paraffin wax to it once it has melted. This will allow it to harden a bit more than it will without the addition without affecting the taste of the candy. Melty chocolate on your fingers is sometimes a good thing, but other times you want to keep it from happening. It’s totally up to you if you add them. Sometimes I do and other times I don’t. This recipe will yield about 12 candies.

You will need:

  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4-5 squares of chocolate bark OR 12 oz chocolate chips
  • ½ cup Dulce de Leche
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • a small amount of paraffin wax or shortening if using


To start, melt the chocolate over a double boiler making sure that you stir it often to keep it from burning. If you’re using paraffin wax or shortening, add it with the chocolate so that it melts with it and gets mixed in well. You can cover 3 candy clusters with 1 square of chocolate bark or 1 oz of chocolate chips.




Once the chocolate is melted, drop about half a tablespoon of chocolate onto parchment paper. Use the back of the spoon and swirl it around to flatten it out to 1-2″ in diameter and create the base of your clusters.


Before your chocolate cools, add 5 or 6 marshmallows to the top of each candy base and lightly press down so that the marshmallows are set into the chocolate when it hardens fully.


Next, using a butter knife spread some Dulce de Leche onto the top of the marshmallows making sure that you don’t knock any marshmallows off of each base.


Spread the Dulce de Leche on top of the marshmallows. You want to make sure that you have a pretty good coating on there, but not so much that it will be all that you taste.


Now add a pinch of coconut onto the top. Again, don’t go overboard with how much you use. Use the back of a teaspoon to lightly press the coconut into the Dulce de Leche sauce so it doesn’t fall off as easily.


To finish, use a spoon to pour chocolate over the entire candy. Make sure you put enough on it so that it covers not only the top, but the sides as well.


Let the chocolate harden and peel away from the parchment paper! Once they’re fully hardened, they’re ready to enjoy!


See? That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Rich and popping with awesome flavor, these Dulce de Leche & Coconut Marshmallow Clusters are just what you've been looking for in a candy recipe!


Dulce de Leche & Coconut Marshmallow Clusters
Rich and popping with awesome flavor, these Dulce de Leche & Coconut Marshmallow Clusters are just what you've been looking for in a candy recipe!
Serves: 12 candies
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Almond Bark, 4-5 squares or 12 ounces chocolate baking chips
  • ½ cup Dulce de Leche
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  1. Melt your almond bark squares or chocolate baking chips. You can cover three clusters with one almond bark square, or one ounce of melting chocolate per square. Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper. Drop a half tablespoon of chocolate out onto the parchment paper, using the back of the spoon to swirl chocolate out flat into a circle that is one to two inches in diameter.
  2. Before the chocolate circle goes cold and begins to set, drop 4-6 mini marshmallows onto the chocolate and lightly press down so that the bottoms of the mallows are set in the chocolate. Spoon dulce de leche over the marshmallows and add a pinch of coconut onto the top of the dulce de leche. Press coconut into the dulce.
  3. Spoon melted chocolate over the top of the entire marshmallow, dulce de leche and coconut cluster, covering completely. Allow chocolate or almond bark to harden-- takes about 5 minutes. Peel clusters away from parchment paper and enjoy!


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Stacy Barr

Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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