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.

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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.

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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]

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Yes. This is how we should do Mondays.

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108 Responses to “Easy Homemade Mallo Cups.”

  1. #
    Debbie@Mountain Breaths — October 29, 2013 @ 6:28 am

    I decided to come out of the closet on this post! Mallo Cups were my very favorite candy growing up. I think they still are, but I rarely eat them now. I must give these a try and may include on my Christmas cookie tray.


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    Alyssa — October 29, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    Blech. Not to the marshmallow and chocolate (YUM), but the coconut – and they don’t even advertise it on the package! I picked up some Mallow Cups at the store a couple of years ago during craving-time and said, “Yum! Chocolate and marshmallow – my favorite!” Then I bit into one. Hellooooo, false advertising! If there is coconut in a candy, you have to put in on the package! I was bummed because I was left still craving some chocolatey candy after I handed over the rest of the package to my coconut-loving mother.
    HOWEVER…. if I made them at home, I could easily omit the offending coconut and have some delightful chocolate-covered marshmallow treats that I would love. Mmmm…. that’s probably a bad idea. Lol


    • gussier — October 12th, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

      i’m with you. if i make these i will leave out the coconut.


  3. #
    Alanna S — October 29, 2013 @ 9:54 am

    THANK GOODNESS boyfriend despises coconut.

    ALL THE TREATS will be for me!


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    Koko @ Koko Likes — October 29, 2013 @ 10:07 am



  5. #
    HeatherChristo — October 29, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    What are you doing to me!!!!!!???????


  6. #
    katie @ oh shine on — October 29, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    i want to bathe in this. for eternity.


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    Barbara | Creative Culinary — October 29, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    These look pretty doggone good but then the ONLY cookie I ever buy at the grocery are those ones with a cookie bottom, topped with marshmallow and then everything is covered in chocolate. I mean like buy them for dinner when I’ve had one of ‘those’ days. Pop these on a cookie and I’m good!


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    Mercedes — October 29, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

    Um to die for!!!! Is there any difference with making fluff vs. actual marshmallows? I have made marshmallows, but does the fluff just not set up as much because you don’t heat it as high? I would appreciate your feedback about this. I am crazy and make my own candy this time of year too! For me it was homemade Tootsie Rolls and caramels! Thanks!


    • SnowCat MacDobhran — October 29th, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

      There’s no gelatin in the fluff so, no, it won’t set up like marshmallows. So yay! more for me!!


  9. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 29, 2013 @ 7:09 pm


    (you want to know what the A.M stands for, huh?)


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    Rachel — October 30, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    haha I love this. I feel the same way – I remember when I first got a Mallo Cup for Halloween as a kid and I was so excited – everyone around me was grossed out and I just didn’t understand. Those things are delicious! More for me haha


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    Orla — October 30, 2013 @ 11:36 am

    WOW. MUST MAKE!!!!!!! We don’t have mallocups in Ireland! Just teacakes with biscuit (cookie) in them, but these look incredible! Cannot wait to try! :)


  12. #
    Cate — October 30, 2013 @ 4:05 pm

    i need these in my life!

    Also, coconut butter?!? wow. seriously. wow.

    And another thing… you’re killing me with all the Nashville references, i can’t wait for it to come back to the uk.

    You guys get all the best things!

    Cate, x


  13. #
    MikeVFMK — October 30, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    I love all the decadence and sweetness whenever I come here. And this? Crazy good. Where crazy is good. Seriously good stuff.


  14. #
    Christina Gathright — October 31, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

    Love mallow cups! Anything chocolate and marshmallow and coconut is all good in my book :)


  15. #
    Melissa — November 4, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

    I can’t tell you how giddy I am right now. Mallo cups have always been a fave…can’t wait to try these!!


  16. #
    Jenn | A Learning Wife — November 9, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Oh yum! Gotta try these someday soon! Chocolate + marshmallow = sweets greatness!


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    Avra-Sha Faohla — November 17, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    Never tasted one! A few time I tasted that sweet that’s basically marshmallow fluff on top of a cookie and coated in a chocolate shell, but I didn’t think much of it. This, however, has coconut, which sounds quite promising.


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    Heather — January 8, 2014 @ 3:19 pm

    I made both the marshmallow fluff & mallo cups for my mom for Christmas. These were always here favorite! They turned out fantastic! Check out my full reviews:

    Marshmallow Fluff:
    Mallow Cups:


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    Olivia — January 19, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    This is hilarious. I think I’ll make these for……myself. No one else can have them. I remember the days of rifling through my brothers Halloween candy and bargaining for my favorites. Wonderful post. Love it.


  20. #
    Colleen — February 23, 2014 @ 9:45 pm

    These were super delicious! They’re my mom’s favorite candy and she loved the homemade version!


  21. #
    Lisa — March 24, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    Made for my mom and sister. We are in love! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great.


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    Kayian — July 29, 2014 @ 9:04 pm

    does it work ok without coconut oil? because I live in Brazil and I have NO idea what the equivalent of coconut oil is. is there a substitute? or even better, do you know what coconut oil is here in brazil?


    • Aaron Stoner — September 5th, 2014 @ 12:55 am

      Coconut oil is the processed “meat” of the coconut(the white stuff on the inside). You might be able to make your own using coconuts, but it might be easier to just find some online and buy it. A little goes a long way.


  23. #
    Marina — August 11, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    how much fluff does the recipe make? i need about a jar (7 ounces) for a recipe and have no clue if i should double this? (:


  24. #
    Aaron Stoner — September 4, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    Mmm…I love mallow cups. I’ll try these out when I get the ingredients. :-)


    • Aaron Stoner — September 5th, 2014 @ 12:52 am

      Actually, I just found out I do in fact have coconut oil, so deliciousness here I come!


  25. #
    Chris — November 4, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    Yes, why the heck not? :-)

    Thanks for sharing this blast from the past! Can’t wait to make these for the holidays. Might be a fun addition to the cookie tins.


  26. #
    Robyn — December 30, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

    Mallo Cups were not my fav growing up, but now they are! I absolutely love them and have been known to hunt at least 3 stores down for these chocolatey marshmellow goodies. This recipe looks delish! I can hardly wait to try it.


  27. #
    Shan — September 29, 2015 @ 9:08 pm

    Oh man. Are we maybe the same person in a different body? Every time I passed that small PA city on the way to and from campus for college, I’d wonder if the Boyer factory gave tours and if the tour guide would have the wherewithal to prevent me from flinging myself into an industrial vat of hot, gooey fluff, given that I would have the element of surprise. I actually have a stack of those cardboard faux currency package inserts that are supposed to be redeemable for Boyer-branded items. I figure I have enough to buy a majority share of stock in the company, but I will also settle for a Mallocar. Needless to say, I am thrilled to have this recipe.



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