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Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

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.

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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.

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But, it’s not drinking chocolate either. Matty B and I had a date last week that ended up here:

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In addition to delicious truffles…

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…they had a killer drinking chocolate.

Today’s recipe is a happy medium.

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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.

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Do you know what the most important part of hot chocolate is?

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You thought I was going to say marshmallows, huh?

Nope.

Marshmallows are important. Toasting them is even better. We used these vegan marshmallows:

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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

Ingredients

3 oz high quality dark chocolate
1 1/2 cups almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Marshmallows and sea salt to taste

Instructions

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.

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