Hot Chocolate Marshmallows…

Growing up when I was not feeling well, no matter if I was faking it to avoid school (don’t read that mom) or if I was actually sick, two things could always make me feel better. One was cinnamon sugar toast with the edges cut off (which was normally severed with 7-Up) and the other was hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Though as a kid and even now as an adult, if they make a good one (like Stephens hot chocolate) I don’t mind a packaged cocoa mix. What I do/did mind however were the Lucky Charm type marshmallows that they tried to pass off in the cocoa mix with marshmallows as marshmallows. What crap. Those were no marshmallows. I’m not sure what they were, but they don’t melt and get gooey like real marshmallows do and that’s the best part about them. Melting down into and mixing with the cocoa. Plus if you don’t use real marshmallows you can’t reenact the scene from Wizard of Oz and shout out “I’m melting, I’m melting” as they slowly dissipate into the hot chocolate.

Homemade marshmallows are nothing new. I like to make batches this time a year as the weather turns cold. Coming up with new flavors is always fun. For a while there was a beverage trend to make ice cubes out of the same thing you were drinking, that way you wouldn’t water down your beverage. Which is a good idea and I decided that though marshmallows don’t water down the hot chocolate flavor, why not just add to it.

I made mine into the shape of leaves. This is my most favorite time of year, and not just because hockey is back on.  I love finding country roads on clear, windy days and watching the leaves swirl around me as I leisurely drive shouting out the lyrics to some 80’s song (ugh, did you know my 20 year high school reunion was a couple weeks ago…I. Am. Old….and no, I didn’t go). I thought the leaves were fun and festive. I used Stephen’s French Vanilla Cocoa in order to better display the leaves. But you can use whatever type you would like. Or if you are anti-powdered hot chocolate, make your own.

P.S. Notice that some of them are maple leaves. :)

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ounces hot chocolate mix
¼ cup powdered sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Nonstick spray

Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
In a small saucepan combine the remaining ½ cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to medium. Add powdered hot chocolate mix at this time, 1 TPSP at a time to avoid it spitting back at you (you know, like a llama). Bring speed up to high when all hot chocolate mix is in.Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
Combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13-by-18-inch metal jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into leaves or any shape for that matter, with a cookie cutter dusted with the powdered sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

Adapted from Alton Brown Food

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  1. Very cute marshmallows! I always enjoyed chicken noodle soup when I was sick…and sprite! Now if my throat is sore I go for spiced tea…and Advil. :-)

  2. My mom always served us chicken broth when we were sick. I would have much preferred hot chocolate. In fact, I would much prefer hot chocolate to just about any beverage. Especially with these gorgeous marshmallows!

  3. We’re about the same age, my 20th reunion is next year and I also got the cinnamon toast and Sprite when I was sick. It must have been a 70s thing.

    I’ve never made marshmallows, but these look so good. Maybe I will give them a try!

  4. Oh my. Hot chocolate flavored marshmallows? And in the shape of leaves, at that? Swoon! One day, when I get up the courage to try making marshmallows, I’ll keep this idea in mind.

    I have started a new food blogging group that celebrates the printed cookbook. I’d love it if you joined us. It should be lots of fun.

  5. That’s it!! I will conquer my fears for good and make marshmallows, you have inspired me now!!

  6. making homemade marshmallows has always intimidated…but the hot chocolate makes me swoon!


  7. I’m actually not a huge marshmallow fan, but those are so pretty! They would be nice to serve if you had a few friends over for dessert/hot chocolate.

  8. Love the idea of marshmallows that taste like hot chocolate!! Perfect.

  9. mmmm these look really good and the winds are starting to pick up and its getting colder which means hot chocolate season is here so ill deffinately have to try these

  10. Can’t beat THOSE marshmallows! Niiice.

  11. wait are you telling me you don’t like lucky charms?? actually, while i love those neon little marshmallows in cereal, i HATE them in hot chocolate. big, puffy and gooey is so much better. and the leaves look great!

  12. These little gems look delicious! I have yet to make my own marshmallows. Not sure why. I need to get to it!

  13. Homemade marshmallows are wonderful – love that you made leaf shapes. My kids would love these :)

  14. I love hot chocolate but it usually gives me a stomach ache. Maybe I can make some of these marshmallows and just eat them to get my hot chocolate fix!

  15. These are just awesome!

  16. How adorable are those?? I am hoping we have a chill down here just so I can try these!

  17. Shhh, don’t say anything. I’m in a happy place right here, just looking at those marshmallows! :-)

  18. Looking at your pic on your “About Me” I would not guess you are in the age group where it’s been 20 years since high school. Wait, that means you’re close to 40. No way! I want to see some ID! (Kidding)

    I’m turning 30 on Nov. 2 and even I’m asking what the heck happened. Such is life.

    Great recipe with the marshmallows. Looks yummy and comforting. And really, who could argue with chocolate?

  19. You’re my new best friend Kim. :) Yes, I will be 40 coming on pretty soon. Hard to believe some days.

  20. How clever! I’ve never thought of making marshmallows at home. Also, I love the idea of making them into shapes! Brava

  21. You’ll like me even more when I tell you I am a huge hockey fan and despise the Detroit Chickenwings.

  22. brilliant! am now reconsidering making brownies this weekend in favor of these!


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