Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and although I have never been a huge fan of this ‘Hallmark Holiday’, I really do find a lot of enjoyment in giving little tokens of affection, during a day that is filled with hearts and flowers. My first little ‘love’ gesture is perfect for a cozy night in with your loved one – rich, dark hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.
I think that I just might have discovered the recipe for hot chocolate that I swooned about in an earlier post from City Bakery. I didn't realize just how easy hot chocolate is to to make - you just take an excellent quality chocolate bar, add a dash of sugar and some corn starch. The result? A unbelievably rich, pudding-like chocolate treat that will warm you from the inside out.
Handmade marshmallows, wow, I have been feeling very adventurous in the baking world as of late. I followed this recipe, which was in truth very easy; it is just when the ingredients begin melding together that you almost have a science project on your hands. I learned along the way how to make fluff and discovered that when you are finished you have created beautiful fluffy, sugar coated clouds, otherwise known as a marshmallow.
A Few Things: If you decide to make both the hot chocolate and the marshmallows, definitely be patient with the latter. If you hurry, you are destined for a sticky mess, so just enjoy the process. Also, this hot chocolate recipe yields one generous serving, so if you plan on making this recipe for you and your sweetie, I would recommend that you double the recipe.