Rich, fragrant, creamy, delectable…
Drinking chocolate is out of this world. The best chocolate beverage you’ll ever have. This version combines locally produced Guittard Chocolate Company’s Bittersweet chocolate with toasted marshmallow cream and the crunch of graham cracker crumbs. Best part? It’s simple to make. Only 10 minutes, I promise.
I still remember my first experience with drinking chocolate. In Santa Cruz, there’s a little cafe on Pacific named (quite aptly) Chocolate. They offer a selection of gourmet drinking chocolates made with artisanal chocolate. I fell in love with this decadent beverage one winter evening during college.
However, as I sipped my way through their menu, I thought their dark chocolate a smidge too dark and their milk chocolate too light. In true Goldilocks style, I wanted something just right. So I quickly set about recreating this awesome drink for myself. And now you can, too!
The chocolate makes (or breaks) this dessert beverage. So, use the best quality chocolate you can find. You get to choose the darkness of the chocolate to suit your taste, however.
I highly recommend any of these brands’ semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, as I’ve tried them all: Callebaut makes a super-smooth and creamy drink, Schaarfen Berger seems more fruity to me, and Guittard is a great all-around crowd pleaser.
Let me give you my recipe!
Marshmallow Hot Chocolate:
2.5 oz High-Quality Bittersweet or Semi-Sweet Chocolate (Guittard Bittersweet shown here)
2 tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Marshmallow Cream (Marshmallows are an OK substitute, too)
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
Graham Cracker Crumbs for rimming the glass
Butter for rimming the glass
Begin by preparing your chosen glass / mug. Lightly coat the rim of the mug with butter, which will help the graham cracker adhere. If you are using whole graham crackers, smash or blend the crackers into very small pieces / powder. Place crumbs onto a plate, turn the mug upside down and gently coat the rim with the crumbs.
Chop up your chocolate into even, small pieces (the smaller the pieces, the more quickly and evenly they will melt). Place the chocolate into a different, microwave-safe mug, add cream and microwave for 15 seconds. Remove and stir mixture with a spoon for 10 seconds. If chocolate is not fully melted, microwave again for 10 seconds, remove and stir. Repeat until chocolate is melted. (Do not overheat or you risk burning the chocolate.)
Add the vanilla, milk and salt to the melted chocolate mixture. Stir and microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and test the mixture. When done, the drink should be heated to your liking and all chocolate should be fully melted. If not, return and microwave for another 30 seconds.
Pour the prepared drinking chocolate into the mug lined with graham cracker crumbs.
Place the 1/2 cup of marshmallow cream into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 5 seconds, remove and stir. You need the mixture to be pliable enough to spoon over your hot chocolate. Microwave in 5 second increments until the cream is a spoonable consistency. Spoon the marshmallow cream over your drinking chocolate.
If you have a blowtorch, you can toast the top of the marshmallow cream for effect. Beware the marshmallow cream does like to catch on fire! So keep your blowtorch turned on low and very gently toast the surface. Or, you can pop the mug in your microwave for 10-20 seconds to make the marshmallow cream blow up above the top of the glass!
This is not the last time you’ll see drinking chocolate on Decadent Dragon Bakery. It’s just that awesome.
Do you have an experience with amazing drinking chocolate? Please share!