Hot Cocoa with Tipsy Peppermint Marshmallows

December  1, 2010
3 Ratings
  • Makes 1 Quart
Author Notes

This is an adult version of the homemade hot cocoa you grew up sipping as a kid during those cold winter days. The peppermint marshmallows were adapted from a Martha Stewart. I added peppermint schnapps to the marshmallow mixture to make it more of a winter cocktail. The cocoa and marshmallows can be made the day ahead. No fuss. —Table9

What You'll Need
  • Hot Cocoa
  • 1 1/4 tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Hot Water
  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Nutmeg
  • Dash of Salt
  • Tipsy Peppermint Marshmallows
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 4 Packages Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 Large Egg Whites
  • 2 teaspoons Red Food Coloring
  • Cooking Spray
  • 1/3 cup Water
  1. Coat an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and then line pan with parchment paper. Coat parchment paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Cook sugar, corn syrup and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook until sugar is dissolved, stop stirring and let mixture come to a bowl.
  3. Increase heat to medium-high, cook until mixture comes to 260 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  4. While the mixture is coming up to temperature, sprinkle the gelatin packets over 3/4 cup of water in a heatproof bowl - Let stand 5 minutes to soften. Once soft set gelatin bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat and stir in peppermint extract and peppermint schnapps. Set aside.
  5. In a standing mixer beat egg whites until peaks form. Whisk gelatin mixture into sugar mixture, and add combined mixture slowly to the egg whites. Mix for 12-15 until very thick.
  6. Pour completed mixture into the greased pan. Drop dots of red food coloring across the marshmallow mix. Using a toothpick or sharp knife swirl the food coloring into marshmallows. Let marshmallows sit, uncovered for at least three hours or overnight. Cut into squares.
  7. While marshmallows are sitting, combine all dry ingredients for hot cocoa in a saucepan. Blend in water and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add milk. Heat, stirring occasionally - do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
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5 Reviews

Heidrun December 23, 2010
One assumes that it's supposed to say 1/3 CUP water?
Table9 December 26, 2010
Yes, I am sorry for the misprint. Enjoy!
Sagegreen December 21, 2010
The Egyptians may have been the first ones to come up with a kind of marshmallow using the mallow plant, Althaea officinalis. I am so glad to see a recipe for marshmallows. Thanks.
Table9 December 3, 2010
It is so delicious and can be made ahead of time which makes the recipe even more tempting. Me too! We can skype...would love to chat about food and kids and more food.
luvcookbooks December 3, 2010
this sounds awesome, i'm saving it!! still hoping we can have a virtual discussion after the holidays about food and kids.