Stovetop Cocoa with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows

by Kathy Strahs on November 8, 2011 · 7 comments

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Hot chocolate was that special treat we got to have after school when it was too gray and rainy to play outside (which didn’t happen all that often in the Silicon Valley). It was something I could make by myself – I’d just microwave some water in a mug and tear open a packet of Swiss Miss. I especially loved the kind with the tiny little marshmallows that would float on top.

I read ingredient labels more often these days and, not to specifically bag on Swiss Miss because they’re not alone in this, but there are a lot of unpronounceable ingredients in those little packets that go a bit beyond “cocoa”, “sugar” and “milk”. And let’s not even get started with the marshmallows. This past rainy weekend I decided to pull out a saucepan and make this treat from scratch. Doesn’t the idea of Stovetop Cocoa with Toasted Homemade Marshmallows just sound like it would be better anyway? Let me assure you that it is.

The cocoa recipe comes from the Hershey’s Cocoa package – it’s just unsweetened cocoa, sugar, milk, water and a little vanilla. It is outstanding! When you top it with a fluffy homemade marshmallow, with a toasty tan outer shell from a quick minute under the broiler…it seriously makes me wish for more rainy gray days. 🙂

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 9, 2011 at 12:16 AM

I always make myself a cup of cocoa when it’s raining! It’s one of those drinks that makes everything better.
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Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 9, 2011 at 6:13 AM

Can’t wait to try this


Chelsea November 9, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Bring on the rain! Supposed to be back tomorrow and now I can’t wait!!! I have some cocoa, too, just need to pick up some marshies 🙂
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Kathy Strahs November 9, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Oooh…wishing I’d brought some to school today!


Living The Sweet Life November 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

Sounds like smores in a cup!! Add some Graham crackers for dipping and we truly would have smores in a cup 🙂
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Wenderly November 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I was JUST dreaming about homemade marshmallows today! Boy do those look good!


Andrea Meyers November 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM

I love homemade cocoa, so much better than the package stuff. And homemade marshmallows…yum!


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