Most mornings now I wake up to a chill in the air. The atmosphere still feels like fall but I know that winter is on its way. Snow will cover the ground like a warm winter comforter. People will soon be wanting to go skiing, ice skating, and sledding. I will pull out the warm down quilts and put on our beds to keep us warm at night. There will be a nip in the air in the morning before we get out of bed and turn up the furnace. It will remind me of days gone by when I was a child and my mother would make us breakfast. In those days some mornings, she would have breakfast in the oven and we would all stand around as she would open the oven door and we would get to feel the warm oven air on our skin. These are the memories that rattle around in my head during the winter season and the beginning of the holiday season. They make me want to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket a great book and a cozy cup of hot chocolate.
Do you know there is a difference between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa? Hot Chocolate is called that because there is actual melted chocolate in the drink while Hot Cocoa is made with powdered Cocoa. Hot Chocolate dates back over 2000 – 3000 years ago in ancient Mayan culture and they it is believed that they invented the drink. Today you will find Hot Chocolate all over the world. Some countries drink very thick versions of hot Chocolate. It is also believed that hot chocolate has some health benefits as well.
There is nothing better than a hot cup of hot chocolate after shoveling snow playing out in the snow. Something about hot chocolate rejuvenates the soul and heats up your body. The one thing I love about hot chocolate is having it with Marshmallows. This hot chocolate combines a drink with a camping favorite of roasted marshmallows. The roasted marshmallow topping is super yummy. You can eat off the roasted part and roast the bottom layer again.
I have owned a kitchen torch for years but have only used it a couple of times. I love roasting meringues or marshmallows with it. I don’t know why but have always felt like this was a very cool gadget to have. Once I made my homemade marshmallow fluff I was excited to roast it.
4 cup canned coconut milk
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
24 unsweetened chocolate disks
4 tablespoon powdered monk sweetener
8 tablespoons Homemade Marshmallow Fluff
*optional 3-4 drops peppermint oil
Heat up coconut milk, salt, and vanilla on the stove top in a medium sized pan. When the milk is hot and steaming add in the chocolate disks and monk fruit sweetener. Once the chocolate has melted pour into a cup and top with two tablespoons of Homemade Marshmallow Fluff. Use a kitchen torch according to directions and roast up the marshmallow fluff. You can stir the marshmallow fluff into your hot chocolate or eat it with a spoon.