These Butterscotch Marshmallow Bites are simple and quick no-bake treats!
Pretzels, marshmallows, butterscotch, and chocolate, the perfect combination of smooth, crunchy, salty, and sweet.
These butterscotch marshmallow treats are so simple and easy to make that the whole family can get involved. From the microwaved melted chocolate to the butterscotch dipped marshmallows and then some. All of the steps are simple and easy, perfect for any age and skill level. Serve your no-bake treats up for the holidays and watch as everyone enjoys these easy marshmallow bites. They’re always such a huge hit!
What are no bake treats?
No bake treats are what we call recipes that don’t require the use of an oven. This recipe only needs a microwave to make them although you could melt the butterscotch and chocolates in double boilers on the stove if needed. But the microwave is simple and easy and even if you’re stuck in a hotel room for the holidays you can still whip up this Christmas treat, making it convenient too.
- Round or square pretzels
- Butterscotch chips
- Large marshmallows
- Chocolate candy coating
For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.
How to Make Butterscotch Marshmallow Bites
- Place a large baking rack over wax paper. This will make the clean-up a lot easier.
- Arrange your pretzels over the top of the baking rack.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the butterscotch chips and shortening. Melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring well between each until smooth.
- Dip each marshmallow into the butterscotch using two forks and then gently place the marshmallow onto the pretzels.
- In another microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate coating and the remaining 3 tablespoons of shortening. Stir every 30 seconds until melted.
- Pour about 1 tablespoon of chocolate over each marshmallow, allowing the chocolate to drip down the sides.
- Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
- Allow your marshmallows to set for about 30 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy.
I love topping my no bake treats with festive and fun sprinkles on top but you can omit them if desired or choose sprinkles that match your party or theme.
While you might have seen similar candies in the form of fudge or candy bars, these little bites are perfect and don’t require a knife for serving. Keep your marshmallow bites stored in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.
You could also keep these treats stored in the fridge for up to two weeks but note that the cold air will make the pretzels go stale as a result. you will also want to make sure that the pretzels come to room temperature or close to it before eating so that they aren’t too hard and chewy on the teeth.
For added flavor and fun you can place a small dollop of peanut butter onto the bottom of each marshmallow before placing the marshmallows onto the pretzels. This will give you an added layer of flavor and fun as well as help to hold the marshmallow in place. To make it nut-friendly you can opt for an allergy-friendly peanut butter alternative.
What kind of pretzel works best for these bite-sized treats?
I recommend sticking with the smaller pretzel varieties. the ones often seen in circles or squares work best because they’re small and bite-sized already making them the perfect size for holding our marshmallow as well. Which should be the key factor in deciding which pretzel to use- which one can fit the marshmallow?
Why is my chocolate sweating?
If you take your marshmallow bites out of a cold temperature and try to bring them to a warmer temperature, for example moving them from the freezer or fridge to room temp, you may notice the chocolate coating beginning to sweat. This is completely normal and harmless. After a while, the condensation or “sweat” on the chocolate will stop and they’ll go back to looking normal again. In some cases the texture may look white or grainy, this is also normal and it just means that the chocolate separated a bit.
Check out these other delicious butterscotch recipes
- Butterscotch Pumpkin Dump Cake
- Apple Butterscotch Skillet Cookie Recipe
- Maple Butterscotch Scone Recipe
- Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies
Butterscotch Marshmallow Bites
These Butterscotch Marshmallow Bites are simple and quick no bake treats!
- 32 Round or square pretzels
- 1 10oz bag butterscotch chips
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- 16 large marshmallows cut in half
- 18 oz chocolate candy coating
- 3 tablespoons shortening
- Place a large baking rack over wax paper.
- Arrange pretzels over baking rack.
- In a microwave safe bowl combine butterscotch chips and shortening. Melt in 30-second intervals stirring constantly.
- Dip each marshmallow half in melted butterscotch. Using two forks, gently place marshmallows onto pretzels.
- In another microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate candy coating and remaining 3 tablespoons of shortening. Stir every 30 seconds until melted. Pour about a tablespoon of chocolate over each marshmallow allowing chocolate to drip down sides. Decorate with sprinkles if desired. Allow marshmallows to set for about 30 minutes.
- Store in an airtight container.
Serving Size1 bite
Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 5mgSodium 34mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 2g
Rachel Willis says
Oh, these are just the right size to be dangerous!
Tell me about it!
Cindy Eikenberg says
These look amazing! I love your post so much! How I can relate to those blissful wishes of a picture perfect baking day – and the harsh reality of a kitchen that looks like it was tossed by the CIA, lol! Actually, I can’t even blame the poor kids any more, I’m worse! Thanks so much for sharing and love this treat – pinning! Hope you are having a wonderful week!
You know Cindy, I’m probably messier than the kids too! Thanks for your kind words Cindy!
Kim of Mo'Betta says
hahaha, I’m so glad it’s not just my house! I always have great expectations and it always ends up exactly how you described! Then I get annoyed that my kids don’t cooperate long enough for me to have my ‘Norman Rockwell’ moment, and then I feel guilty for getting annoyed when it’s supposed to be “family time”…it’s a vicious cycle 🙂 No Bake treats sound like a plan (and my kids would love these). Thanks for making me feel like my crazy house is somewhat normal!
I always walk away feeling guilty too! But truth is it’s just easier when I make alone! Thanks Kim!
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
What a great idea for treats that kids can help with! My nieces would have so much fun!
Rockwell’s paintings are wonderful but they’re like memoirs. They aren’t necessarily the way things were but how we think we remember them. The kitchen scene you ‘painted’, Tanya, is much closer to the truth in countless homes every holiday season — and for us viewers, more enjoyable. These treats sound delicious, just as we’ve come to expect when we come here.
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These look so yummy Tanya! We make something very similar but use pretzels as sticks – the kids just love them! Of course, anything with marshmallows… Pinned!
Julie Evink says
I love your theory! Usually it’s me in the kitchen only and I’m still making a disaster! At least you have someone to blame it on 🙂 These looks so yummy and easy!
Gloria Phillips says
Too funny…sounds like my kitchen when I’m in there and the family enters. Love how creative these little sweet bites of goodness are!
My dad would always get so upset when people got in his kitchen! These look totally tasty and like a good edible gift item for coworkers and the like.
What fun holiday treats! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I love this recipe, and I love your honest take on baking with kids too! I get so stressed out about messes and getting things just right that I hardly ever let my kids help me bake or cook. I think we will give these a try together!
I’m not as good about baking with the kids as I’d like it to be. They annoy me! I meet that loving, I really do! Thank you Andi!
I couldn’t agree more! No-bake treats are the only way to go, especially when there are kids involved. These little bites look so tasty and fun!!
Thank you Cathy!
Joan Wolbeck Oliver says
Can you use butter instead or shortening? .. I hate using shortening for things we eat.
I really believe the shortening will work best. The chocolate won’t set up right and might separate if you use butter.
Ingenious Tanya…I like the way your think! They look delicious and definitely kid friendly. 🙂
BruCrew Life says
Those are perfect treats for cookie trays this year. And I absolutely love butterscotch and you never see many things made with it. Yum!!!
I agree Jocelyn, butterscotch is under appreciated!
Laura Godfrey says
Sounds and looks so good! Could you tell me what Chocolate candy coating is? I’m in Canada and not a big baker so I’ve never heard of it. Is there something else that could be used? Thank you!
Laura, you could use semi sweet chocolate mixed with a little shortening or Wilton candy melts (if you can find those at your local craft store).
Where’s the recipe?
Sarah @ Miss Candiquik says
Haha – isn’t that the truth, my kitchen looks the same and I don’t even have the kids running around – just the dogs and boy, ha. I love the idea of these & am now kicking myself that a) I just found them and b) I’ve never made them!
I am so sure YOU would love them Sarah!
Jenetta Penner says
Haha… I can imagine the chaos whenever we try doing those picture-perfect cooking moments with the kids! It can really get messy… but somehow I always feel like there’s that certain warmth and happiness around it! 🙂
These are memories in the making, that’s for sure!
Ok… I am making these now.. I got to the part where you melt the 18 oz of almond bark with 3 tbsp of shortening… is that a typo??? I ended up with chocolate swimming in melted shortening and it was like soup when I mixed it together. :/
Needless to say, i’m gonna make another batch of melted almond bark with less shortening. Hopefully that will work.
Use chocolate chips not almond bark!!
Tanya Schroeder says
Megan @ MegUnprocessed says
What a deliciously cute idea!
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says
Let me know if you hit that harmony! I have the SAME experience year after year!
These look really yummy! I’ll have to add this recipe to my holiday baking list!
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says
Good luck on the harmony part! I laughed in recognition about your kitchen kid baking experience!
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