Recipe: Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows
Why hello there decadence in a cup. How unbelievable does this look? I can not stop drooling. Meet How Sweet it Is’ Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows. I woke up to it being 0* C today and have been looking forward to dessert time ever since. Is it too early to make this at 9am? Find all information on this heavenly dessert (including these pictures and recipe) here.
¼ cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 ounces of marshmallow (or vanilla, cake, whipped cream) vodka
In a large bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add milk and cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring every few minutes. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the milk to the cocoa and sugar, mixing thoroughly to create a paste. Once the entire thing is wet, use a spatula to add it to the milk and turn the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), the whisk in chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.
Remove from heat and whisk in vodka, or add to each glass right before serving. Top with marshmallows and whipped cream.
Now, I got to rush to the local bar to get myself a shot of this!
For the not-so-serious drinker: Marshmallow vodka
Vodkas flavored with citrus and berry have been around for years and recently some newer brands have been trying to create buzz with unusual flavors.
But this holiday season, for the first time, the world’s largest vodka brand is trying to appeal to Americans’ sweet tooth with zany flavors like “fluffed marshmallow” and “whipped cream.”
Faced with relentless competition from established and upstart brands, Smirnoff’s owner – the London-based beverage group Diageo Plc – took inspiration from things like cookie-scented candles and vanilla-scented laundry soap. It then relied on focus groups, mixologists and food scientists to come up with the new drinks, which went through some 15 iterations, according to the company’s chief marketing and innovation officer for North America, Peter McDonough.
Tasters preferred a “toasted” marshmallow flavor, but the marketing team decided that “fluffed” marshmallow would be a better name, McDonough said, since it would help avoid perceptions that the drink tasted “chalky or burnt.”
Diageo paired the drinks with an advertising campaign around the title “Fluffed and Whipped” that features a circus of dancers, dogs, aerialists, women spraying whipped cream into their mouths and model Amber Rose purring that “vodka never felt this good.” (REUTERS).