Birthday Countdown: ◙ 21 days to go: Hot chocolate with Marshmallows ◙
On this day, in the note in their birthday countdown drawer I wrote:
"When you both were born, it was a special day, it felt like a dream,
For your countdown today, let me give you hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream!"
This was the first time I bought marshmallows at home, that's why they were surprised. Marshmallows are made from gelatin, and being vegetarians (occasionally having eggs), we never bought marshmallows, or toasted it, or ate it knowingly.
They liked the little surprise. The little things in life that bring them happiness. Something to learn from the little ones. ♥️
My Recipe for Hot Chocolate
1 cup Water
2 Tbsp Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
3-4 Tbsp Chocolate chips (semi-sweet) / Chocolate bar grated
3-4 Tbsp Granulated sugar
1 cup Milk (I prefer whole milk)
¼ tsp Vanilla extract
Marshmallows, Whipped Cream, Sprinkles, Chocolate shavings, Cinnamon powder, Chocolate sauce, Caramel sauce, etc
1. Boil water on medium heat, whisk in cocoa powder + chocolate chips + sugar until both dissolve well without leaving lumps or scorching.
2. Add milk and let it all come to a rolling boil, switch off heat, add vanilla extract, and mix it well. Done. Pour into serving glasses.
3. Garnish with toppings of your choice. I like to add marshmallows first thing so that the heat of hot chocolate melts the marshmallow and forms a creamy layer. Everything else (whipped cream, sprinkles, etc) can go over it. Hot chocolate is ready to be served and enjoyed hot.
If you like a darker, bitter hot chocolate, you can use more cocoa + chocolate and reduce sugar.
If you like a creamier version, use less water, more milk, or add half n half when bringing to a rolling boil.
If you like to add some flavors like coffee, caramel, butterscotch, dry red chilies, cinnamon stick, peppermint, anything when boiling -- a basic recipe can be absolutely adjusted to your taste.