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It’s the season for coming in from the cold--and warming up with a mug of something steamy. Hot cocoa and marshmallows is a chilly weather classic, whether served to kids after outdoor play or spiked for grown-ups catching up around a fire.
A serious upgrade from the packets of boxed cocoa mix you grew up on: luxury hot chocolate. That’s what La Cafetière calls it when you warm whole milk on the stove in their Coco Chocolate Pot, add a handful of chopped chocolate, and mix. As you pump the lid, two built-in frothing discs inside the pot blend and aerate the milk and chocolate to create a thick, foamy drink.
Since it would be a crime to plunk store-bought marshmallow into luxury hot chocolate, I’ve provided a simple recipe below for a homemade version. No doubt it’s sticky work, but making marshmallows is actually a lot easier than it sounds. And they’re so much fresher than packaged marshmallows, which are pumped with preservatives and even artificial food dye.
Just don’t try to make these marshmallows perfect—they should look homemade, not like you’ve pulled them out of a bag. Create a variety of shapes and sizes with cookie cutters like these from Tala to delight your guests and fill your cocoa mugs with gooey sweetness.