My children’s bedtime prayers are very indicative of their personalities.
J Man: “Dear Jesus, thank you for a nice day. Thank you that I made good choices today. Amen.”
Miss Rae: “Dear Jesus, thank you for my Mac n cheese, thank you for my ice cream, thank you for my doughnuts, thank you for my hot chocolate. I LOVE YOU! (shouted). Amen.”
In most cases, she hasn’t had any of the above mentioned things on that day. But by golly, she’s thankful.
I’m pretty thankful too.
Just a quick clarification: this is not hot cocoa. Hot cocoa is powdered cocoa and sugar warmed up with milk. Good. But not great. Certainly not thanksgiving prayer worthy.
But, it’s not drinking chocolate either. Matty B and I had a date last week that ended up here:
In addition to delicious truffles…
…they had a killer drinking chocolate.
Today’s recipe is a happy medium.
Dark chocolate is chopped and melted. I’m partial to Trader Joes, but even Lindt has vegan dark chocolate. Almond milk and vanilla extract are steamed to perfection.
Do you know what the most important part of hot chocolate is?
You thought I was going to say marshmallows, huh?
Marshmallows are important. Toasting them is even better. We used these vegan marshmallows:
But the most important part of hot chocolate is salt. Yes, salt.
You probably can’t tell from the pictures, but after I toasted the marshmallows (with a kitchen torch), I sprinkled each cup with a few grains of sea salt.
So good. So. Good.
Made me want to say a prayer.
Did I mention that January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day? The heavens are telling you to try this recipe. Miss Rae has a direct line.
Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate
3 oz high quality dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Marshmallows and sea salt to taste
Chop chocolate into rough pieces. Melt in a double boiler until smooth. Steam vanilla and almond milk. I used an espresso attachment. Certainly a burner or a microwave would suffice.
Whisk milk into melted chocolate. Divide among 4 mini mugs or 2 large ones. Top with marshmallows. Toast with kitchen torch. Sprinkle with sea salt.