Winter has officially arrived to my neck of the woods.
Chilly temperatures, frosted window panes, and snow flurries are now a constant, causing me to want to stay curled up in my bed ALL DAY with a book and a hot beverage.
Like hot chocolate.
My obsession with this wintery treat started during my study abroad in Italy. My favorite winter morning ritual was to make myself a cup of hot chocolate and relax in bed before starting the day. It was the perfect way to start the morning then and is definitely still a favorite way to relax on the weekends now.
While I make traditional Italian-style hot chocolate (it’s super thick and rich) on a regular basis, I wanted to put a fun spin on the classic.
Like topping my wintertime obsession with a summer time favorite… the s’more!
Thick hot chocolate is topped with salty crushed pretzels and golden, toasted marshmallows for a decadent treat that is enjoyed during a particularly frosty day.
It starts with the base.
Cocoa, granulated sugar, and some cornstarch. Whisk the dry ingredients together to combine.
Pour in some skim milk, turn on the heat, and whisk constantly until thickened.
Pour the hot chocolate into a pretty mug.
Top with crushed pretzels.
And some toasted marshmallows (!!).
Pop in a pretzel rod for garnish and dig in! (I recommend sipping with a spoon!!)
Definitely the best of both seasons in one treat. (also, toasted marshmallows + hot chocolate are AH-mazing)
So, what’s your favorite wintertime routine?
Your hot chocolate obsessed friend,
- 2 tablespoons natural cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1¼ cup skim milk
- 1 pretzel rod, cut in half
- 2 marshmallows, toasted
- In a small saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar, and cornstarch. Whisk to combine.
- Turn the heat onto medium low and slowly whisk in the skim milk. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, approximately 3-4 minutes.
- Pour hot chocolate into a mug. Crumble half the pretzel rod into the chocolate. Top the mug with toasted marshmallows (roast them on skewers over a low flame). Then dig in!