Wednesday, February 20, 2013

S'mores Hot Cocoa


Do you know what I'm doing right now as I write this??

(The Investigation Discovery show "My Dirty Little Secret", "Green Widow" episode. I play Nicole Samuels :D)
Like...on my TV. On a TV show. This is craziness. 
You know what else is craziness (in the totally awesome way that seeing myself on TV is craziness)?


(I apologize for all the caps, I'm a smidge excitable)

When I first saw this recipe on the Chocolate Moosey I was like, "Um, well, that's the best thing I've ever heard of." Then when I finally bought myself some cookie butter from Trader Joe's I was like "Ahhhh I'm gonna make myself some s'mores hot cocoa! Whatwhaaaat!" (imagine some dancing and hands raising the roof). And I didn't even have to share. Michael doesn't like this. So I waited until I came home one day and it was cold outside, and I was like "It is time. I will have myself some s'mores hot cocoa now. Yes."
Let me 'splain to you how insane this hot cocoa is.

It's like a surprise. You make the hot chocolate itself and you're like "Ugh this is like a super plain, not even that chocolatey hot chocolate, I am not sure about this." 

Then it's fun, because you get to toast marshmallows, and you're like "If nothing else, these are delicious."

Then something magical happens-you whisk some of the toasted marshmallows into the hot cocoa (with some cookie butter) and it transforms into a thick, luscious concoction.

You throw it in a mug (if you're super cool like me, it'll have Disney Princesses on it), plop a marshmallow, some chocolate, and graham cracker crumbs on top and you have yourself the perfect cup of hot cocoa for any s'mores lover.

And in case you haven't heard, I am a huge s'mores loverrr.
(that sounded kinda dirty?)
(I'm cool with it.)

Seriously-obviously you taste the chocolate. But the toasted marshmallow flavor is also totally present, and the cookie butter does a phenomenal job of giving you that graham cracker taste. I'm completely obsessed.

S'mores Hot Cocoa

Serves 1.
  • 3 marshmallows (regular size)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa powder (preferably Dutch processed but natural cocoa powder works too)
  • 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cookie butter/speculoos spread
  • 1 tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tbsp. graham cracker crumbs (or more or less, to taste)
  • To toast marshmallows (if you don't have a blowtorch): place marshmallows on a broiler safe pan and turn on broiler. Place under the broiler and keep a very close eye,standing and waiting for the top to be toasted a golden brown. Flip the marshmallows over and do the same with the other side. Remove and put aside.
  • In a medium saucepan heat milk until hot but not boiling (so steaming and starting to form bubbles around the edges). 
  • Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar until smooth. Turn off the heat.
  • Whisk 2 of the toasted marshmallows and the cookie butter into the hot cocoa. Pour into a mug.
  • (If desired, you can skip this step:) Place chocolate chips in 1 corner of an unsealed ziploc bag. Microwave until the chips are soft. Massage the chocolate until smooth. Cut a hole in the corner and pipe onto the unused marshmallow.
  • Place the marshmallow in the drink and sprinkle with the graham cracker crumbs.
  • Serve immediately!
Ahhh sweet wondrous heaven in a cup!
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