Valentine’s Day is upon us and I have to admit, I love it. I love to eat chocolate, drink wine, whisper sweet nothings to Tim. I love cheesy Valentine’s, red foil wrapped chocolate kisses, holding hands, hearts, flowers, and the excuse to spend more quality time with my darling. I’m a secret sap. Shhhhhhhhh.
In honor of the love holiday I made you some sweet, marshmallowy and choco-licious hot chocolate. You know, to show you I love you. Chocolate is a gift that really says ‘I love you’. That’s the reason I continue to make my dad a chocolate cake in the shape of a heart every Valentine’s Day.
Speaking of gifts, I got Tim a great one for V-day. Really, really great! At least I think so. I can’t tell you what it is because it is a surprise. I’ve been taunting him about what a great idea I had. Telling him that it is so romantic he’ll need a tissue!
I can tell you about this hot chocolate though. The catalyst for this marshamallowy elixir was moonlight cross-country skiing and cocoa drinking at a local county park with Tim last weekend. My hubby is not a big hot chocolate drinker but what else could possibly be better than a hot drink by a bon fire after some skiing? So we bought 2 cups of their cheap cocoa and took them out by the fire.
Normally the quality isn’t fantastic at a place like that. It’s just a snack bar manned by a college intern. They specialize in cheese from a can ladled on stale chips and some packaged candy. But, last weekend the cocoa was surprisingly creamy, sweet and not half bad. Tim remarked that it tasted like the marshmallows were already melted in to the mix. Of course, my tiny lightbulb came on and images of marshmallow fluff filled my head. We got home and I promptly added fluff to my shopping list.
On a side note, my ski boots were half a size too small and as a result my heels were so tore up by killer blisters that a full week later I can barely stand to wear shoes. Yea, my feet have taken a beating this past year due to ill-fitting assorted boots. Sigh.
This hot chocolate is very very sweet, by the way. Go figure considering marshmallow fluff is pretty much whipped sugar. I made sure to use a very dark chocolate with 70% cocoa but you could use even darker chocolate and this will still be very sweet. I take that to mean a shot of booze is in order. Cut the sweet a little. Imagine a shot of whiskey in this? Yum! Or peppermint schnapps? Although that may actually make it sweeter. Bailey’s? Rum Chata? Chocolate vodka? So many ideas! Bring on the booze!
Another idea? I had some left over that I stuck in the fridge and this morning I heated it up and mixed it with hot coffee. Made a killer mocha!
Lucky for me I like things very sweet. My hot chocolate and my darling Valentine!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Marshmallow Fluff Hot Chocolate
6 oz dark chocolate, chopped. I used 70% cocoa
12 oz can evaporated milk
1/4 tsp salt
7 oz jar marshmallow fluff
1 1/2 cup milk, I used almond milk
mini marshmallows to top mugs, optional
Booze of your choice, optional
Chop the chocolate and place into a medium sized sauce pan with the evaporated milk and salt. Over low heat stirring occasionally, allow chocolate to slowly melt into the evaporated milk. Add the marshmallow fluff. Stir until the fluff melts into the chocolate mixture. Whisk in the milk and heat through. Pour in to 4 mugs.
Add a shot of whatever booze you like and top with mini marshmallows, if using. Makes 4 servings.