I really really love the Holidays you guys. I mean- I know that’s a pretty common sentiment this time of year, but not much makes me happier than the feeling that everyone around is filled with a little extra good cheer. I can’t get enough Christmas Music, (Oh Holy Night and Carol of the Bells are favorites,) Christmas Movies, (can’t get enough of Love Actually, Home Alone and It’s A Wonderful Life,) and of course giving presents. I actually get so excited when I find a gift for someone that is perfect for them, that I normally can’t wait until Christmas to give it. I just can’t handle the excitement!
I feel like I struck gold with the discovery of the hot chocolate recipe. I always assumed homemade hot chocolate mix would just contain cocoa powder and sugar- dumb I know. But this has milk powder in it (which I luckily had on hand as it’s a Milk Bar secret ingredient) and you actualy grind up chunks of dark chocolate into a powder! So the finished product has teeny granules of actual chocolate bits which turn into the creamiest, dreamiest hot chocolate when mixed with milk.
I couldn’t resist making a batch of homemade marshmallows as well, because really what’s cuter than giving someone hot chocolate and marshmallows from scratch? I have to say though- now that I have a stand mixer, making marshmallows is a cinch! I can’t believe I ever attempted it without one!
Hot Chocolate Recipe adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker
Marshmallow Recipe from: Marshmallow Madness by Shauna Sever