Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things. Favorite. Things. The second the temperature hits around 65 degrees, that’s cold enough for me to grab the hot chocolate in the mornings. Maybe it’s because I’m not a coffee person? Maybe it’s because I am just that much in love with chocolate? Who knows?
Either way, I’m all in when it comes to hot chocolate. The thing is, I don’t stop there, I always, ALWAYS add marshmallows. That’s where homemade marshmallows come in, they are easy to make believe it or not and insanely good especially when added to hot chocolate.
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup cold water
2 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
red food coloring (optional)
Coat a 9″ square baking pan with cooking spray and a small amount of confectioners sugar. Microwave 1/2 cup cold water, granulated sugar and light corn syrup for 8 minutes. Stir making sure sugar is fully dissolved. Microwave 2-3 minutes longer if necessary to dissolve sugar.
Lightly mix 1/2 cup water and 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin in a stand mixer. Let sit about 5 minutes. Slowly add sugar mixture to the gelatin beating (beginning on low and increasing to high) until mixture turns white and begins to peak (about 15 minutes), add in peppermint extract.
Then, add mixture to the pan. Add food color to the top of the marshmallow mixture, swirl with a toothpick. Cover with 1/3 cup confectioners sugar and refrigerate overnight.
Add remaining confectioners sugar to a bowl, cut and remove marshmallows from backing dish and coat all sides with confectioners sugar. Shake off the excess and serve in hot chocolate!