So now that I've fed this hot chocolate obsession, I've found the perfect recipe to camp out with now that Christmas is right around the corner that's thick, rich, and everything you want in a warm mug of hot chocolate.
They've been popping up all over the place, so I went to investigate and see if they were as easy to make as the internet said.
But I gave a jar to my coworkers, bosses, and family, and everyone was SO excited! It's a simple gift that your loved ones will definitely enjoy! Who doesn't love hot chocolate during Christmas time anyway??
Until next time!
Makes 1 8x8" pan of marshmallows
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Red liquid food coloring
Grease or dust an 8x8" pan with powdered sugar and set aside
1. In a large mixing bowl attached to your stand mixer, combine the cold water and gelatin packets.
2. In a large saucepan on medium/high heat, stir the corn syrup and sugar together. Using a candy thermometer (I only had my generic one on hand), wait for the mixture to boil and hit 230-240 degrees. Remove from the burner and stir a few more times to evenly mix.
2. Pour the gelatin and dissolved sugar mixture slowly into the gelatin mixture, with the mixer on medium speed, slowly raising the speed until it beats the ingredients vigorously. You'll see the mixture begin to whiten, then get shiny and smooth, almost like beating egg whites. Stop when it gets to this point, add the vanilla, then beat again to just mix it in.
3. In your greased or dusted pan, pour the mixture and smooth it out. Quickly, pour little droplets of red food coloring on the top of the marshmallow, and using the toothpicks, swirl it to create pretty designs. Dust with a little bit of powdered sugar and let sit overnight (or at least 6-8 hours).
4. Remove from the pan once dried, and cut into small squares (it's easier to do this out of the pan). Add to hot chocolate, more baked goods, or combine with fun ingredients to make Christmas presents!
**Recipe ingredients adapted from the beautiful Bakerita version!
Hot Chocolate Mix
Makes roughly 6-7 cups of hot chocolate mix
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 1/2 cups powdered milk (I used whole milk)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Sift together all ingredients! Divide between small mason jars to layer with chocolate chips and candy canes, or just fill a rubber made container for a huge supply to last all winter!