The other day, I made some marshmallows for the first time.  Keith and I fun pretending it was summertime and we toasted some using our fireplace.  Marshmallows plus fire or marshmallows plus chocolate is never a bad idea.  One of my favorite treats is Gail Ambrosius’ hot chocolate mix.  It’s a rough mixture of chunky Columbian dark chocolate.  When you open the brown bag, you’ll get a strong, intoxicating aroma that will make you feel an extra jolt of verve during these frigid, wintry days.  Trust me, you’ll want to make a warm cup of this delicious elixir.  Make sure you’ve got some really good milk.  We love Sassy Cow Creamery.



Leslie’s Hot Chocolate


Gently heat the milk in a pan.  When it is warm, add the chocolate chunks.  Let it melt.  Whisk as you let it warm up some more.  Add the cocoa powder and vanilla extract.  Whisk some more, if you like a little extra froth.  You can also use an immersion blender.  This should take about 5-8 minutes.  Do not let the mixture boil.  Place into you favorite cups or mugs.  Plop a couple pieces of marshmallows in and dust with a bit of cocoa powder.  Drink up!



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