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Homemade Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows

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Megan Ketover shares how to go (way) beyond the packet of Swiss Miss. When bold, dark chocolate melts into vanilla bean-steeped milk and cream, the result isn’t just hot cocoa — it’s dessert. Poured into a mug and topped with homemade marshmallows, it’s a decadent departure from the familiar powdered versions of the drink but nearly as easy to mix up. “[You] could stuff [the marshmallows] with chunks of candied ginger or add in some cocoa nibs … kind of like a chocolate chip marshmallow.”

Homemade Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows | Makes 2 servings
Recipe courtesy of Orchids at Palm Court 

1 3/4 cups milk 
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 vanilla bean 
6 ounces chocolate, chopped 

Bring the milk and cream to a boil. Reduce heat, add vanilla bean and simmer. After 10 minutes, remove the vanilla bean and return to a boil. Once boiling, add the chopped chocolate and whisk to combine.

Honey & White Chocolate Cocoa Nib Marshmallows

7 ounces corn syrup
3 tablespoons powdered gelatin
3/4 cup cold water
5 ounces honey 
16 ounces sugar 
2 ounces water 
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice 
8 ounces white chocolate, 
chopped and melted 
1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
2 tablespoons powdered sugar 

Heat the corn syrup in a microwave until warm to touch. In a separate bowl, bloom gelatin with the cold water. Once set, add gelatin to the corn syrup until dissolved. 

In a sauce pot, combine the honey, sugar, water and lemon juice. Stir until just dissolved. Bring to a boil, then cook to 243 F (using a candy thermometer). 

Pour dissolved gelatin into a mixing bowl. With a hand or stand mixer on low, slowly add the hot sugar syrup to the gelatin. Turn mixer to high, and whip mixture until light, fluffy and room temperature — about 15 to 20 minutes.

Using a spoon, fold in the white chocolate and cocoa nibs. Press mixture into a greased 13-by-9-inch pan lined with greased parchment paper. Allow to cool overnight. Cut with scissors or a paring knife into desired size and dust marshmallows with powdered sugar. Makes about 40 marshmallows. The recipe can be halved, but should not be made in any smaller quantity.