Peppermint Hot Chocolate & Homemade Marshmallows

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 3 drops peppermint oil

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cream, milk,sugar and salt.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat.
  3. When mixture just begins to steam, add the chopped chocolate.
  4. Stir until melted.
  5. Stir in peppermint oil.
  6. Divide the hot chocolate among mugs.


Optional: whipped cream, chocolate shavings and over the holidays a candy cane

Homemade Marshmallows

Makes 20

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 2 packets of unflavored gelatin (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg white

Directions:

  1. In a small saute pan, heat sugar, vanilla, corn syrup and 1/3 cup of water on high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then stop stirring. Heat the mixture until it reaches 240 degrees using a candy thermometer, about 8 minutes.
  2. While the mixture is heating, dissolve the gelatin into the remaining 1/3 cup of water. Also, in a large mixing bowl, whip the egg white to soft peaks.
  3. Once the mixture has reached 240 degrees, pour it into the gelatin and water (you can do this in a medium-sized, heat proof bowl) and stir to combine. Allow to cool for about 3-4 minutes, and then pour the gelatin/sugar mixture in a slow stream into the whipped egg white, whipping constantly to incorporate. (This is pretty much impossible to do by hand, you need a hand mixer or a stand mixer, because the gelatin will start to set and get really stiff and difficult to whip).
  4. Whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. Pour into a prepared tray lined with parchment paper or powdered sugar, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Remove from the fridge and cut the marshmallows into squares (or other shapes).

Roll them in powdered sugar, if desired, and serve! You can also dip them into chocolate for a wonderful treat or use them for chocolate fondue!

Annmarie Kostyk, Chocolate Goddess

1 Comment

  • Reply August 23, 2010

    Tom

    I can’t help wondering what one of these delicioius fresh marshmallows would taste like, either raw or dipped. I guess there’s only one way to find out…

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