Ready to sit down by a cozy fire (or the electric heater in our home ha!) and sip on some hot chocolate late in the chill evenings? Yes. Yes you are. But you may not know what recipe to go for? Well fear no more because you have just found the tastiest hot chocolate this side of the interwebs. It’s got marshmallows (toasted marshmallows!), it’s got whipped cream and it’s got double chocolate creamy goodness!!!!
I tried to strike a balance between rich and drinkable here. I’ve had some hot chocolate that’s pretty darn delicious, but it’s so rich I can’t finish the entire mug without it being to overpowering. And, of course the last thing I want is a runny, watery hot chocolate. So, in order to appease both of these we are going with a tri-milk approach! That’s evaporated, 2% and heavy whipping cream all combined into a smooth combination that will set your creamy chocolate soul free.
Not only that we are going to use a semi-sweet bakers chocolate mixed with the classic cocoa powder for a good chocolate blend that will sooth your chocolate sweet tooth. Follow through with some sugar to elevate everything and bam, we are rolling in with chocolate awesomeness. Finish off with a bit of salt to elevate all the flavors and the base hot chocolate ingredients are good.
Then for the toppings, I tried something new and a little different that will give us some interesting results. I toasted marshmallows in the broiler and then (carefully and stickily) put them on the hot chocolate! With the appropriate technique I was able to cut down on the stickiness and have beautiful results. Oh and of course, homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings!
Speaking of whipped cream, just a couple of tips to help you out! Put your bowl in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes before you start whipping. This helps keep the whipping cream cold and that helps with trapping the air in the bubbles that gives us the yummy whipped cream we want! I like to do my whipped cream by hand (provided it’s a small batch) since it gives me the most control, but you’re more than welcome to use a stand mixer or hand mixer with a whisk attachment. When you beat the whipping cream you’ll want to keep going until you get soft peaks. That’s essentially if you drop the whisk in straight into the mixture, pull it straight out and flip it so the whisk is facing towards your ceiling, the whipping cream keeps a nice point that doesn’t fall. Just like the picture below:
Aside from that just make sure your hot chocolate gets hot but not boiling and you will be set! I hope you try it out, it’s perfect for this holiday season and fantastic the rest of the year as well! Let me know what you think down below or contact me on any of my social media platforms! Thanks for reading :).
Blissful Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
Tasty, creamy, smooth and perfect hot chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows.
- Hot Chocolate:
- 2c 2% Milk
- 1/2c Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1 12 oz can of evaporated milk
- 1 ounce semi-sweet bakers chocolate
- 2T cocoa powder
- 1/3c sugar
- 1/8t salt
- Whipped Topping:
- 1 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/2c powdered sugar
- 1/4t vanilla extract
- 1c marshmallows
- Step 1 For the whipped cream, whip the heavy whipping cream, sugar and vanilla by hand until stiff peaks.
- Step 2 If using electric mixers, beat on medium until soft peaks (when peaks fall over) about 3-5 minutes. Then for 1 minute beat on high until stiff peaks are formed. Cover and chill until hot chocolate is ready.
- Step 3 For the hot chocolate: by roughly chopping semi sweet bakers chocolate.
- Step 4 Then mix in along with heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, milk, cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat, stirring constantly, until steaming (about 185F)
- Step 5 Lastly, to toast marshmallows: Place oven on boiler and line a parchment pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking oil.
- Step 6 Add marshmallows and place under broiler (middle rack) for about 30-60 seconds.
- Step 7 Serving hot chocolate:
- Step 8 (optional) For frothy hot chocolate: Use an immersion blender on the hot chocolate on high speed for 1-2 minutes or until frothy.
- Step 9 Ladle hot chocolate into mugs, leaving about 1/2 and inch and spoon whipping cream (or use a decorative tip w/pastry bag for a fancier look).
- Step 10 Spray a fork with cooking spray and pick up a few marshmallows and carefully line around the edge of the mug.
- Step 11 Finish by shaving some bakers chocolate on top, serve and enjoy!