What is hot chocolate really but a vehicle for marshmallows? I'm totally the girl who sneaks marshmallows straight from the bag, even when cocoa is not involved (confession - I can often be found eating a marshmallow from the bag while cooking dinner). I have always been especially in awe of homemade marshmallows! How could it be possible to make something so light, fluffy, and borderline magical? Well, since it is the dead of January and there is not much else to aspire to other than hot chocolate, I decided to finally attempt this. I used this recipe from the Kitchn, with gives great step-by-step instructions.
Although I went into it feeling like I was taking on a crazy science project, they came out beautifully. If the thought of getting a candy thermometer overwhelms you, I made these without one! I boiled the syrup for about 8 minutes, then used the hard ball test to see if it was done. This is a candy-making test where you drop a small spoonful of the syrup into a bowl of ice water. If you can roll it up in to a ball that holds its shape but is still pliable, it's ready! If not, keep testing every minute or so until it passes the test. If it is your first time trying it, I would suggest looking for a video so you have a better idea of how the test works, but the point is, it does work! The whole process took me about an hour. The recipe made a ton of marshmallows, and was totally worth it!
If making marshmallows seems overwhelming, there are plenty of fancy homemade marshmallows for sale on Etsy, or you can use good old Kraft Jet-Puffed. The hot chocolate itself is so rich and delicious, it will be a special treat either way!
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1.5 oz finely chopped semisweet chocolate
- 2 large vanilla marshmallows (or 4 regular sized)
In a saucepan over medium high heat, whisk together the water, cocoa powder, and sugar until thoroughly combined. Cook for about a minute, then add the milk and semisweet chocolate. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is piping hot and the chocolate has melted. Pour into 2 mugs and top with marshmallows. Serves 2.