This is so appropriate.

Homemade Mallo Cups I

You know, this time of year when there are approximately 740 king-size candy bars in my house and then someone decides to MAKE their own candy.  That someone.

Totally normal.

By the way, you probably think otherwise but it’s surely my husband who insists on handing out the massive sugar-coma inducing bars to trick or treaters at our house every year. It’s like his thing. He doesn’t really want to socialize with the neighbors but he wants everyone to think we’re cool enough to give big ass candy bars. I don’t disagree at all – my brothers and I basically wanted to throw a rager when we discovered the houses that gave out the big candy bars. But I’d be cool with some normal size peanut butter cups or something like that, for sure.  You picking up what I’m throwing down????

Homemade Mallo Cups I


There is a certain person who has to work from their house on November 1st when there is a neon purple bowl (of course) filled to the brim with chocolate and peanuts and caramel and crisped rice and peppermint and omgallofthecandy. It’s like a taunting lesson in self-control. IT’S SO MUCH FUN!

No really.

How To Make Marshmallow Fluff I

So you’ll always hear me say that my favorite candy bar is a good old snickers. And it definitely is.  It’s my classic, predictable choice. BUT.

Then there are mallo cups. They are in a whole other league for me, almost a little sugary delicacy because I only ever got them once a year at Halloween. What is ridiculous because I’m pretty positive that they are or were “manufactured” (oh that just sounds delicious) only an hour or two away from where we live. They just happened to be that certain candy that I nearly forgot about every single year until I spied one in my pillowcase dressed in my full out Jem costume.

You know the deal –  how I used to scour my brothers’ candy treasures for snickers bars… but everyone freely gave up their mallo cups. What the what? It blew my mind because they are so darn good. Even my husband was like, “ugh mallo cups? Those were disgusting.”

UM NO. They are perfect. Perfect little marshmallow chocolate pillows.

Homemade Mallo Cups I

It should come as no surprise that I go nuts over them since it’s simply a gooey center of marshmallow cream. Only go a little bananas over that. I think it’s the touch of coconut that throws a lot of people off, but that’s obviously not an issue with me either. I’m not sure that I’m as obnoxious with anything as I am with coconut.

Okay maybe brown butter.

And bacon. But that’s it.

Chocolate, marshmallow, coconut. Is this real life?

While I’m definitely not suggesting handing out homemade Halloween candy (would you eat it? I mean, I would never eat it. I’m a giant scaredy cat. My parents would probably never let me eat it back in the day either.), these are a super fun treat to make for your friends or family on this spooky holiday.

Orrrrr…. yourself.

Stashed in the freezer. On hand for all of time.

Why the heck not?

Homemade Mallo Cups I


Homemade Mallo Cups

Yield: makes 12 cups

Total Time: 1 hour


12 ounces milk chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup marshmallow fluff
1/3 cup unsweetened, flaked coconut

homemade marshmallow fluff
2 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt


Line a standard size muffin tin with muffin liners. Chop the flaked coconut into small pieces.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave (if you use the microwave, do it in 30 second increments then stir to prevent burning). Once the chocolate has just melted, stir in the coconut oil until it has melted. Spoon about 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons of chocolate into the bottom of the muffin liners and use a spoon or pastry brush to bring the chocolate up over the sides. Sprinkle the chocolate with a teaspoon or so of the coconut. Use as much as you want! You can't go wrong here. Stick the chocolate in the fridge or the freezer for 20 minutes, just so it sets up and becomes firm.

Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the marshmallow fluff into the chocolate cups. Sprinkle the remaining coconut over the top of the fluff. Put the muffin tin back in the fridge or freeze so the marshmallow firms up, another 20 minutes or so.

If the remaining melted chocolate has started to firm up, re-melt it. Spoon it over top of the cups and smooth it out. Place the tin back in the fridge or freezer for another 20 minutes before serving. I love keeping these cold - otherwise they can be a bit messy.

homemade marshmallow fluff
Add the egg whites and cream of tartar to the bowl of your electric mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat until the egg whites are frothy. Add the corn syrup, sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat until the mixture boils. Let boil for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sugar reaches a temperature of 240degrees F on a candy thermometer.

With the mixer on medium speed, gently pour the hot syrup into the egg white mixture. Add the vanilla extract and the salt, then increase the mixer speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Store the fluff in the fridge.

[marshmallow fluff lightly adapted from martha]

Homemade Mallo Cups I

Yes. This is how we should do Mondays.

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108 Responses to “Easy Homemade Mallo Cups.”

  1. #
    Rachel — October 28, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    I am now of the opinion that absolutely everyone should have a stash of these to hand. Ahh!!!


  2. #
    mischelle — October 28, 2013 @ 7:02 am



  3. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — October 28, 2013 @ 7:12 am

    too cute and too sweet! I am so making these any time I am too lazy to search for candy.


  4. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — October 28, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    You speak my language with these. Too dangerous to make my own now? OMG!!!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — October 28, 2013 @ 7:16 am

    Mallow cups are so good! I am so impressed with these! Not only that you thought to do a homemade version, but that you made your own fluff and then got that sticky gooey stuff that never wants to cooperate into the little cups and covered them so perfectly with chocolate! Ive made my share of homemade cups and it’s not always as easy at it looks to get everything together neatly. These are wonderful!


  6. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — October 28, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Wow, impressive! These are so cute! As kids, my friends and I would always be super excited when we found houses that gave out full-size chocolate bars. Crispy Crunch was my fave, followed by cherry blasters which I’d eat until I had those lovely sores all over the inside of my mouth because they’re so sour. I don’t think I’ve ever had a mallow cup before but they sound amazing!


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — October 28, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Yum!! What a great recipe for Halloween week! I love Mallow Cups!! *drooling*


  8. #
    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs — October 28, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Yummmmmmmm :)


  9. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — October 28, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    I just made homemade peanutbutter cups, and they turned out awesome… so these are on my list!


  10. #
    Tieghan — October 28, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Is it odd that I have never heard of these? I mean, I think they are awesome, but why the heck have I never had one!?! They look soo good!


  11. #
    Erika — October 28, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    This is just everything I love about life.. Stuffed with marshmallow fluff and covered in chocolate. True Story.


  12. #
    Kellie @ Keeprunninkellie — October 28, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    I wish I liked coconut :( I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t.


  13. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — October 28, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    Wish I weren’t too old to trick or treat, b/c I’d totally be knocking down your door for one (or five) of these babies! Making marshmallow has to one of the coolest candy tricks ever (why does it always blow my mind?) and with the chocolate + coconut? Best Halloween house ever.


  14. #
    Jenna — October 28, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Oh wow these look and sound perfect for the holidays


  15. #
    Maria @ Decaf Doesn't Count — October 28, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    It’s 9 AM by me and this is what I’m craving now.

    No biggie.


  16. #
    Ashley — October 28, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Love these photos! i’m not sure I’ve ever eaten or been given a mallow cup on Halloween…WTH!


  17. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 28, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Haha homemade candy is the best. Love this recipe!!


  18. #
    Cookbook Queen — October 28, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    OBSESSSSSSED with these. My favorite candy EVER!!!


  19. #
    kelly @ livelovepasta — October 28, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    I have never heard of Mallo Cups!! I must be completely sheltered…these look so delish.


  20. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — October 28, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    I love Mallo Cups! I love homemade ones even more!


  21. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — October 28, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    These are so fun! Mallo Cups are the greatest…. and I am sure they are even better home made!


  22. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — October 28, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    I’ve never had Mallo Cups. Isn’t that what Billy Crystal eats in When Harry Mat Sally? Or are those mallo bars? Anyhoo, these look delicious and I want to eat all of them. Great recipe!!


  23. #
    Melissa — October 28, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    Oh yum! These sound so yummy, I love anything with marshmallow!


  24. #
    Sarah R. — October 28, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    I don’t think i’ve ever met anybody else who loved Mallo Cups. I don’t eat chocolate bars very often, but every time I come across a Mallo Cup I am Oh So Tempted! These look even better because I could use DARK chocolate. Oh man. Danger.


  25. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — October 28, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    They look unbelievably good! Not as complicated as I thought it would be. I might just have to give these a try.


  26. #
    Alexe @ Keys to the Cucina — October 28, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    Lately I’ve been craving peanut butter cups and would love to try this mallo cups, they look amazing!


  27. #
    Christina — October 28, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    I’ve never had a mallo cup before! They sure look tasty!


  28. #
    Niki — October 28, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    Ohhh my gosh I love mallo cups! I have to try and make these!


  29. #
    Michele Sparrow — October 28, 2013 @ 11:49 am

    Hi Jessica. These are so adorable and look incredibly delicious! Question…my son is allergic to corn. Any suggestions as to a substitute for the corn syrup in the fluff that would work out just as beautifully? Thanks!


    • Melissa — October 28th, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

      I think you can use Honey or Molasses as a substitute, although i am not sure about the proportions…


  30. #
    30 — October 28, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    I have never had a Mallow cup, but they look incredible. I’m not sure store bought could stand up to your homemade delicacies though!


  31. #
    Alicia — October 28, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Perfect! –today is national chocolate day!


  32. #
    Beth @ bethcakes — October 28, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    These are so cute! Simple and delicious candies are the way to go sometimes. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a Mallow Cup, but I imagine (from the way you talk about them) that they are pretty incredible.


  33. #
    Melissa — October 28, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

    I wonder how crushed grahm cracker would work instead of coconut (which i hate)? It would be like little bites of smores.


  34. #
    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — October 28, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    I’ve still never had a mallow cup!! Yet I see them in the store all the time! And I LOVE mallow!! I always love the chocolate covered mallow eggs at Easter, so why am I not buying this candy?? Or why am I not MAKING this candy??


  35. #
    Kylie — October 28, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Stop it Stop it Stop it. Gimme a a mallow pillow please.


  36. #
    Anna @ Bashful Bao — October 28, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Mallow Cups are the best! Can’t wait to try making them at home!!


  37. #
    Larry — October 28, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    Can these cure the common cold? Because if they answer is “yes” I’ll take 5….thousand. FIVE THOUSAND.


  38. #
    Jesse — October 28, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    i refuse to even buy candy for trick or treaters till the night before halloween. almost bought it last night but then i would have had to rebuy it wednesday.


  39. #
    Miriam — October 28, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    So I found your website through a link on pinterest with the amazing looking (they will be made again and again) chocolate truffle cookies. I was thinking of bookmarking your site, but wanted to explore first. I clicked on your recipe index and what do I find? MALLO CUPS!!!!!

    These are my ALL TIME favorite candy. They are the ultimate comfort food for me, bringing me back to carefree days of childhood, and the one candy I go in search of when I want something all for myself, I have no intent of sharing, and yes I will eat every bit of it without any sense of remorse treat!

    Needless to say I bookmarked your site right then and there and feel as though I found a new best friend :)



  40. #
    Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate — October 28, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

    Ooo I could go for some of these! I’m so glad you made your own marshmallow too!


  41. #
    Laura Dembowski — October 28, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

    Homemade candy is the best! Of course the only way to make it better is to add homemade marshmallow. My theory is homemade marshmallow anything is the best food in the world!


  42. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — October 28, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    I’ve never had a mallo cup before!!! I feel like I’ve been missing out :(

    PS. You guys are awesome for handing out king-size bars of chocolate. Those were always my favorite houses!!


  43. #
    Katie — October 28, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

    i just got so excited for Halloween. I don’t even really like candy…but marshmallow fluff??! Inside chocolate? Yes ma’am.


  44. #
    dervla — October 28, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    super cute, Jessica. I feel the same way about cadbury creme eggs at easter, can you duplicate those next year? :))


  45. #
    Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat — October 28, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    I usually want to slap people that say OMG but OMG!


  46. #
    Jennifer — October 28, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

    Mallo cups were my favorites as a kid trick-or-treating too! Yum!


  47. #
    Laura — October 28, 2013 @ 11:17 pm

    These look amazing and so easy! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try in time for halloween!



  48. #
    Foodiewife — October 28, 2013 @ 11:28 pm

    I cannot find Mallo bars anywhere in my part of California. I have to pay big bucks to order them online. Thank you! This is truly my favorite candy bar.


  49. #
    ATasteOfMadness — October 29, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    I have never heard of mallo cups! Also, my dad actually ate all the homemade treats I got while trick or treating. So if I got this in my bag, he would eat it up. Even though I was a scardy cat with eating homemade strangers’ treats, I actually might risk it for these, yum!


  50. #
    Prudy @ butter, basil, and breadcrumbs — October 29, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    You just made me so happy. LOVE.. <3



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