Between you and me, I am a huge fan of hot cocoa, I mean, like a really big fan. I've gone through phases in my life of having a cup of hot cocoa every afternoon. When they kids were younger and napping (boy those were the days), I use to catch up on my shows and drink hot chocolate. It became the thing I look forward to when the kids were not behaving, the house was a mess, and I was behind on my work. And even though it has been awhile since I have indulged in the daily hot cocoa routine, I'm a big proponent of making a batch as often as possible. So when we got hit with snow last week, school was canceled, we headed outside to go sledding and drink hot cocoa. This time, because we needed a little something extra special, I quickly made chocolate dipped marshmallows. It takes about 5 minutes to make, and is well worth it! If you have a favorite homemade marshmallow recipe, please use it here! I love homemade marshmallows, but let's be honest, sometimes theres just no time for that! So take those store bought marshmallows and fancy them up!
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Hot Cocoa with Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows
makes 1 big cup
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of sea salt
1 cup whole milk
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt and 1/4 cup of the whole milk. Stir until the cocoa and sugar are dissolved. Continuing to whisk, slowly pour in the remaining whole milk. Turn up the heat to medium until the hot cocoa is warm.
To serve, pour into a big mug, and give it a stir with your spoon or use my favorite milk frother . Top with chocolate dipped marshmallows.
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows
3 ounces chocolate, chopped (milk, dark or white)
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Using a small saucepan, fill with 2 inches of water and heat over medium heat. Place a glass bowl over top, making sure that the water and bowl are not touching. Add the chocolate and stir occasionally until the chocolate is melted. Add in the vegetable oil and give it a good stir.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Begin dipping marshmallows into melted chocolate. Place on the parchment sheet and add sprinkles. Continue with remaining marshmallows. Once complete, place the baking sheet into the freezer for 5 minutes to help cool the chocolate.