Hot Chocolate Mix With Homemade Marshmallows

on December 12 | in Recipes | by | with 17 Comments

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“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

~ Linda Grayson

Do you love hot cocoa but not the ingredients found in pre-packaged versions? I mean, as tempting as this popular brands ingredient list sounds . . .

INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, VEGETABLE OIL (PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COCONUT OR PALM KERNEL AND HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN), DAIRY PRODUCT SOLIDS, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, AND LESS THAN 2% OF CELLULOSE GUM, NONFAT MILK, SALT, SODIUM CASEINATE, SODIUM CITRATE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM ALUMINOSILICATE, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.

I think I’ll just stick with chocolate, milk, and other ingredients I can pronounce.

This hot cocoa recipe is easy to put together and makes a delightful gift for teachers, friends, grandparents, co-workers, neighbors, and whomever else you want to make smile. Put this mix in a cute mason jar along with a box of marshmallows and – voila! – you have an instant gift that just about everyone will love.

Should I Use Cocoa Or Cacao?

I hear this question a lot. The answer is it’s really up to you. Cacao contains more antioxidants than cocoa, but it has a stronger – some say slightly more bitter – flavor. Those with an adventurous palate will probably enjoy the cacao. If you’re looking for something that reminds you of the pre-packaged mixes you grew up with, though, go with the cocoa. Or do a 50/50 mix of the two and make everybody happy!

(Note: If you go with cocoa I recommend using fair-trade dutch process. It’s better for you and the world we live in.)

Ingredients

Equipment

Coffee grinder (This is the one I have)

OR -

Food processor (I have this one and love it)

To Make

Method 1: Grind the sucanat in a coffee grinder until the texture is very fine. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix thoroughly. Transfer to a jar – preferably a pretty one if you’re gifting this mix.

Method 2: In a food processor, blend the cocoa powder and sucanat until the texture is very fine. Mix in salt and transfer to a jar for storage.

To Use

Mix 1 tablespoon with 1 cup hot milk, coconut milk, or water. Top with marshmallows.

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17 Responses to Hot Chocolate Mix With Homemade Marshmallows

  1. molly says:

    I don’t have a coffee grinder or food processor — anyone know if a vitamix would work?

  2. Beth says:

    Would coconut sugar work in this recipe?

  3. Shannon says:

    Yes!
    I just used my Vitamix –threw everything in together. Everything ground up into a fine powder. Tastes wonderful. I added a little coconut milk powder and a bit of collagen hydrolysate to mine.

  4. Becky says:

    This recipe doesn’t taste good with just water. I would love to find a powdered milk (like coconut or something richer than water and good quality/healthy) to add to be able to take this on the go — like camping!

  5. Rebecca says:

    I have to say, I’m not a “sweets” person and usually like things much less sugary — but sadly, this was waaaaay to bitter/lacking sweetness. I looked up ratios from other recipes online and it seems like the sugar is usually double the amount of the cocoa. Am I missing something perhaps? Well, either way just a little head’s up to those who may run across the same problem!

    • Hillary says:

      Thank goodness I read this comment! Making this for Christmas gifts. Dumped in some extra sucanat, coconut sugar, and maple sugar. Tasted the powder and it was nom! Now on to attempt the marshmallows!

  6. Barbara says:

    A good whey protein powder….like the Jarrow Whey Protein Concentrate is great for this. I use their unsweetened and unflavored, pure whey protein ..that way you can use it for other things. I make a morning smoothie and using the unflavored goes with whatever fruit and veggies I am using. Chocolate protein doesn’t love pineapple/celery smoothies! The whey protein is rich and creamy…..makes my smoothie taste like it has milk in it. Those with milk allergies can usually use the whey…..it’s usually the casein that causes the allergic reaction. Add in the bonus of protein with your hot chocolate! Wow. And I like to add a generous helping of coconut milk too! Yummy fat…

  7. Ali says:

    Hi, have you researched whether it is safe to heat honey? I had head that in the Ayurvedic system heating honey creates toxins that are very hard to clear from the intestines. This article also mentions scientific studies show heating honey produces a toxin.
    http://www.ayurvedicyogi.com/honey-ayurvedic-nectar-or-poisin/

    I’m thinking of switching to using maple syrup instead of honey in your recipe. Have you tried that? Thanks!

  8. Barbara says:

    Also, Dutch processed cocoa is never a good thing to use….because of the strong alkali used in processing, it reduces the antioxidant levels and therefore is not a healthy product. I only use 100% cocoa powder, organic when i can, and NEVER Hershey’s DARK cocoa…..decreased antioxidants also. Which is sad because we’ve been programmed to reach for “dark” chocolate to boost antioxidants.

  9. Lara says:

    That is sooo much sweetener! You could leave out sweetener altogether and just train your tastebuds to enjoy the flavor of the unsweetened cocoa. It has a savory taste that is delicious. Plus the milk has plenty of sweetness to it. Unsweetened cocoa in hot foamed milk is my go-to weekend treat, and I’ll never drink the sweetened stuff again.

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