Cupid’s Heavenly Hash Chocolate Valentine’s Day Gift {Recipe}

Cupid’s Heavenly Hash Chocolate Valentine’s Day Gift {Recipe}

If nut clusters and fudge had a baby, it would be this Heavenly Hash recipe. My basic recipe is fantastic on its own, but if you substitute colored marshmallows for the standard white ones and add festive sprinkles, you’ll end up with delicious homemade candy for every holiday and special occasion throughout the year.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with “Cupid’s Heavenly Hash”

Nothing screams “Happy Valentine’s Day!” like a big ol’ box of chocolates. Why settle for mediocre off-the-shelf chocolates wrapped in cellophane? Or shell out a ton of money for the good stuff? Try my Heavenly Hash recipe instead!

Chocolate candy with Valentines' Day sprinkles and the text: Valentine's Day Gift Idea: Cupid's Heavenly Hash

First, a Little Background

Growing up, we were fortunate enough to live next to the sweetest couple, who became like grandparents to my sister and me. I’ve talked about Fannie and Emmett before – as the inspiration behind my DIY Witches Hat Halloweeen Cookie Goody Bags.

My sister and I loved going over to visit Fannie and Emmett. I’m sure it had something to do with the candy table they kept fully stocked at all times. Yep, you heard me. They had a candy table. To any child, this was a dream come true.

At any hour of any day, you’d find rich peanut clusters, thick Italian sugar cookies slathered in sugary icing, strawberry-filled hard candies, dinner mints and Heavenly Hash piled high on crystal candy dishes.

Belly-up For This One

As soon as I was tall enough, I’d belly-up to that candy table, poking my nose over the heavily-oiled oak ledge. I’d stand there and inhale the scent of Pine-sol mixed with chocolate until I was offered something – in many cases – multiple somethings.

It was the best. The absolute best.

pink sprinkles, marshmallows and almonds and side-view of finished Heavenly Hash chocolate candy

A Homage to Fannie

As a homage to Fannie and her famous Heavenly Hash always on display, I tried to recreate her candy. Unfortunately, Fannie died a few years ago, and I do not have any of her actual recipes.

But my vivid memory of her delicious candy serves me well. The must haves for this recipe are salted almonds, dark chocolate and fluffy marshmallows.

After much “research” (aka selflessly devouring many attempts at Heavenly Hash until it was just right. Someone’s gotta do it, right?) I’ve come up with this Heavenly Hash Recipe, which I think is pretty close to Fannie’s original.

woman holding a heart-shaped tin of Valentine's Day chocolate candy

Customizable for a Festive Gift!

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to customize for a festive treat at any holiday. I love that I can switch out a few ingredients (namely the color of the marshmallows and type of nuts) and add sprinkles to the top, and I end up with fantastic candy pretty enough to be displayed on a dish for sharing or packed neatly in a tin for gift giving.

Want to make some? I thought so…

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Heavenly Hash chocolate candy with Valentine's Day sprinkles

How to Make My Heavenly Hash Recipe:

Heavenly Hash Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 cups of good quality chocolate (I used Ghirardelli brand 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups mini marshmallows (I used a mix of white and pink marshmallows)
  • 1 cup roasted and salted almonds
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Supplies for Making the Candy:

  • Rubber spatula
  • Parchment paper
  • 8″ x 8″ baking pan (I’ve had this one for years)
  • Cooking spray
  • Double boiler*
  • Sharp knife (I use these)
  • Cutting board

*Double boiler hack: I don’t have a “proper” double boiler. I just can’t bring myself to buy another pan set that I’d only use every so often. So I use what I have on-hand: a large glass 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup fitted over the top of a small saucepan. This glass measuring cup has a handle you can hold so it doesn’t slide around while you are stirring.

double boiler filled with chocolate chips

Supplies for Wrapping the Heavenly Hash for Gift-giving

  • Decorative tin
  • Mini muffin liners
  • Shredded paper filler
  • Ribbon, tag (optional)

Directions for Candy Making

Prep tip: Measure out all your ingredients and open the can of sweetened condensed milk before you start melting the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, you need to work quickly, so it’s best to not waste any time fumbling around the kitchen.

Carnations sweetened condensed milk pouring into melted chocolate

  1. Line your 8″ x 8″ pan with parchment paper, allowing a few inches of the paper to hang over the edges. Spray the paper lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Slowly melt the chocolate in your double boiler. If you are using my double-boiler hack (see above), fill the small sauce pan with a few inches of water and set the glass Pyrex measuring cup over the top of the pan. Be sure you are using a pan that fits snuggly with your Pyrex so it doesn’t slide around while you are stirring.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, remove the Pyrex from the top of your saucepan and – WORKING QUICKLY – add the sweetened condensed milk and stir to combine.
  4. Add your vanilla extract, marshmallows and nuts and stir again.
  5. Turn the chocolate mixture out onto your prepared parchment paper-lined pan and spread it into an even layer.
  6. Top with sprinkles, if desired.
  7. Put the pan in the refrigerator and allow it to set for at least 2 hours.
  8. After the candy is firm, use the parchment paper to remove the candy from the pan.
  9. Place your candy on a cutting board, and using a sharp knife, cut it into small squares.**
  10. Remove toddler from the top of your kitchen table (see below). How is she able to find my phone no matter where I put it?

child sitting on top of a table while playing with an iPhone

Packing Your Tin for Gift Giving:

**Make sure you cut your candy to a size that will fit into your mini cupcake wrappers.

  1. Fill the bottom of the tin with shredded paper filler (if needed).
  2. Arrange your candies inside the tin, cover with the lid and wrap with a pretty bow and gift tag.
  3. Allow your child to lick the spoon and relish the small joys in life…

child licking a spoon

If you are anything like my 2-year-old, you will LOVE this recipe as much as I do! I want to hear if you make my recipe and how much you enjoyed it. So, leave me a comment below or tag me on Instagram!

AS ALWAYS – IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING A CUSTOM GIFT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!

More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…

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Natalie Menke, the self-proclaimed Gift Guru, is always thinking about the next gift she is going to give. Her hope is to provide boundless inspiration for completely customized and personalized gifts. Happy gifting!
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