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Homemade marshmallows with hot chocolate

Cozy up With a Cup of Hot Chocolate Topped With Homemade Peppermint Vanilla Marshmallows

These Baking Therapy homemade peppermint vanilla marshmallows are soft, fluffy and they melt into the perfectly gooey topping on your hot cup of cocoa. Try different flavours like coconut or almond and make a big batch to gift over the holidays. Once you try homemade marshmallows, there’s no going back to store-bought!

Homemade marshmallows with hot chocolate

Peppermint Vanilla Marshmallows With Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Rest Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Servings: 16 marshmallows

Ingredients:

Marshmallows
¾ cup cool water, divided
6 tsp gelatin
2 cups granulated sugar
⅔ cup light corn syrup
½ tsp salt
½ tsp peppermint extract
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
¾ cup icing sugar

Hot Chocolate
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups almond milk
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

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Directions:

1. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper and grease generously with neutral oil or spray. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add ½ cup water, sprinkle over gelatin and let sit for 5 minutes.

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3. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, ¼ cup water and salt. Once the mixture starts to boil, let bubble for 1 minute. Remove from stove and transfer to a bowl with a spout.

4. With the mixer on medium-low, slowly stream in the hot sugar liquid. Once the liquid is in, turn the mixer to high and whisk for 10 minutes until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Whisk in the peppermint and vanilla extract.

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5. Transfer the marshmallows to the square pan, making sure to brush any tools you use with oil to avoid sticking. Smooth out the top using an offset spatula. Finally top the marshmallows with another sheet of greased parchment paper and let set for at least 2 hours at room temperature.

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6. Remove the marshmallows from the pan. Brush a sharp knife with oil and slice the marshmallows into 16 squares, making sure to brush the knife with oil after every cut. Dust the marshmallows generously with icing sugar, making sure to cover every surface.

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7. For the hot chocolate, in a medium saucepan on medium-high heat, whisk together coconut milk, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Once the mixture is hot, add the chopped chocolate and whisk until melted. Continue to heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.

Homemade marshmallows with hot chocolate

Like Sabrina’s peppermint vanilla marshmallows recipe? Try her gingerbread doughnuts or her chocolate eggnog sandwich cookies.

Classic hot chocolate

5 Ways to Spice Up Santa’s Hot Chocolate This Holiday Season

We know that during the holiday season, your to-do list can seem longer than Santa’s. So, when you find time to cuddle up on the couch with a hot chocolate, ditch the powder and treat yourself to a decadent and delicious hot chocolate fit for the man in red himself.  Whether you want to stick with the classic or try something new, we’ve got you covered with five variations below.

Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 1

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 cup whole milk
1 Tbsp 35% cream
1/4 cup good quality milk chocolate, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Whisk cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat milk and cream in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in dry mixture. Add chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Whisk dry ingredients from above, alongside 1/4 teaspoon of ground canela or cinnamon and a pinch of chili powder (preferably ancho). Set aside. Heat milk, cream and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in dry mixture. Add chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

Dairy-Free Chocolate-Covered Almond

Whisk dry ingredients from above, however mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar and not 2 teaspoons. Set aside. Heat 1 cup of almond milk in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in dry mixture. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate and 1 tablespoon of smooth almond butter. Whisk until smooth.

Dark Chocolate Mint

Whisk dry ingredients from above, however mix in 1 tablespoon of sugar and not 2 teaspoons. Set aside. Heat milk, cream and 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in dry mixture. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped dark chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

Caramel and White Chocolate

Heat milk and cream in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped white chocolate and 1 tablespoon of Dulce de Leche. Whisk until smooth.

Pumpkin Spice

Whisk 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch and 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin spice in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat milk and cream in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer, then whisk in dry mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup finely chopped white chocolate. Whisk until smooth.

Don’t want to make your own hot chocolate? Order a cup of hot cocoa at one of these 10 cozy hot chocolate spots.

10 Hot Drinks for Winter from Coast to Coast

I think most people have a distinct moment when they are definitely over iced drinks and crave something warm. At least that’s how I feel where I’m from in Calgary. For me, that moment is usually below zero temperatures coupled with snow.

With the holiday season in full swing, nothing comforts more like a soothing sip from a mug of something warm and delicious. Here are 9 hot tasty beverages (some boozy, others not) that colder weather and extended visits from mother-in-laws seem slightly more bearable.

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1. Ayden Kitchen and Bar (Saskatoon, SK)
Drink: Between the Winter Sheets
General Manager, Christopher Cho, just launched Ayden’s new winter cocktail menu that includes this spiced bevvy made with white rum, cider, brandy and a house-made syrup infused with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. I hope the name means you can order it to go and sip it in bed!

2. Higher Ground Cafe (Calgary, AB)
Drink:  White Chocolate Chai
Steeping a traditional Chai tea blend that’s rich and peppery in a little hot water, followed by steamed milk and some sweet, silky white chocolate will result in a tea misto that’s even more comforting than a London Fog. Which, for the record, I did not know was possible.

3. The Coup (Calgary, AB)
Drink: Maple Matcha Latte
The combination of good quality maple syrup and earthy matcha green tea, blended into some frothy, steamed milk is sort of like an east-meets-west flavour experience for the taste buds at one of the country’s best vegetarian restaurants. Matcha is high in antioxidants and quite energizing too, so this one’s great for warming you up and making you hyper at the same time.

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4. Juliette & Chocolat (Montreal, QC)
Drink: The Marshmallow Madness
You haven’t really had hot chocolate unless you’ve had one at Juliette’s. Milk and dark chocolate are melted together for a drinking chocolate of epic sweet proportions, finished off with a white chocolate couli and marshmallows that are made in-house. Perfect for kids or for the kid in all of us.

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5. Medina Cafe (Vancouver, BC)
Drink: Lavender Latte
Any Vancouverite will tell you that if you’re heading to Medina for brunch for the first time, you’ve got to try the signature lavender latte. I know what you’re thinking. The flavour of lavender is not everyone’s cup of tea, but this is a latte, not tea, so get over it!

Seriously though, the subtle floral hint in a the well-crafted latte is a unique sip that’s worth experiencing at least once in your life.

6. Sofitel Montreal (Montreal, BC)
Drink: Caribou Cocktail
The ‘caribou’ is an iconic winter drink of Quebec’s Winter Carnival and Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur where it serves as something warm and boozy to fight off the chill while people take in all of the excitement outdoors. Head into Sofitel’s hotel bar to order up this classic combination of red wine, whisky and maple syrup.

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7. UVA (Vancouver, BC)
Drink: Scrooge McHooch
You won’t be feeling so Scrooge like after a few sips of this hot cocktail. Made with a mix of rum, green chantreuse, steamed milk, chocolate bitters and more, mixologist Lauren Mote promises this will cure any winter blues you may have.

8. Krafty Kitchen and Bar (Kelowna, BC)
Drink: Hot Apple Toddy
Top Chef Canada alumnus, Chris Shaften puts a nice, warming spin on the classic hot toddy at his Kelowna eatery with apple brandy, whisky and honey with a bit of lemon and nutmeg. The perfect thing to get your hands on when you’re back in town after a solid ski day at Big White.

9. The Middle Spoon (Halifax, NS)
Drink: Wired Whiskey Coffee
I don’t necessarily recommend making this your daily morning brew, but a cup of coffee stirred up with almond liqueur and whiskey topped with orange zest and whipped cream is definitely A-OK on a Saturday morning.

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10. Soma Chocolate (Toronto, ON)
Drink: Mayan Chocolate
A bit of spice makes everything nice — and that holds true for hot chocolate, too. Soma adds a little heat to their rich drinking chocolate by infusing chili pepper, ginger, orange, vanilla and a “secret” blend of spices. Mysteriously delicious!

Dan-Clapson-Avatar Dan Clapson is a food writer and culinary instructor based out of Calgary. He is constantly creating new recipes and striving to expand his culinary horizons. He thinks yam fries are overrated.

Sweet Eats: Classic Fluffy Marshmallows

Once you’ve made your own marshmallows you won’t go back to buying them in a bag! Homemade marshmallows are easy to make and a perfect winter treat.

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Making marshmallows at home gives you the ability to play with different flavours, colours and shapes. Try using a cookie cutter to create out festive shapes, pipe long or short marshmallows, or just go with classic squares. Whichever kind you decide to make, enjoy them toasted, roasted or floating in your hot chocolate. They even make fantastic Christmas gifts packaged in bags.

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Classic Fluffy Marshmallows

Ingredients:
3 packages gelatin (2 Tablespoons)
1 cup cold water, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup or liquid glucose
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla / peppermint / almond extract
1 cup icing sugar, divided, for dusting
Food colouring, optional

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Directions:

  1. Line a 9 x 13” dish with parchment paper. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup icing sugar. Or, line two baking sheets with parchment to pipe marshmallows.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer pour 1/2 cup cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over top. Let stand for 4-5 minutes.
  3. In a medium sized pot, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup water, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and let the syrup bubble to a temperature of 240°F, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Once the syrup reaches 240°F remove from heat. With the stand mixer running on low, slowly add the hot syrup. Once all the liquid has been combined place the mixer on high speed. Whip until the marshmallows are big, cloudy and white, about 10 minutes.
  5. Mix in the flavoring of your choice and a few drops of food colouring, if using. Work quickly as the marshmallows are very sticky and start to set quite fast.
  6. Pour the mixture into your prepared 9 x 13” pan. If piping marshmallows, fill a piping bag fitted with a star or round tip, with the marshmallow mixture. Pipe 2” round stars or circles on the baking sheets.
  7. Let the marshmallows set for 4 hours. Before cutting marshmallows, sprinkle with 1/4 cup icing sugar. Dip knife in icing sugar to prevent sticking. Once cut, toss marshmallow squares in remaining icing sugar to prevent sticking. Store in an airtight container.

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Want to enjoy those fluffy marshmallows in some rich hot chocolate? Try one of these heavenly hot chocolate recipes.

SONY DSC Miranda Keyes is a freelance food stylist, recipe developer and writer who used to live in London, UK but moved back to Canada for nanaimo bars, maple syrup and poutine. To learn more about her, follow her on Instagram @littlemirandapiggy and Twitter @mirandaak.