I don’t know about you, but hot cocoa is a pretty big staple of our family during the winter months. Although, I am on this paleo diet journey for my rheumatoid, I definitely plan on enjoying a few cups this fall and winter season! As a little girl growing up, I always looked forward to the holidays, when my Grandma Hess would make homemade cocoa mix for everyone. No matter what kind of winter holidays you celebrate, there is always so much love in a mug full of hot cocoa and marshmallows. So, today I am sharing our family recipe of homemade hot cocoa mix and marshmallows from our family to yours, to enjoy this holiday season!
Hot Cocoa Mix
1 box of Nesquick chocolate mix (I get the no added sugar, to make it a little “healthier”)
1 container of French Vanilla Coffee Creamer (I use the sugar free again)
1 small box of dry instant milk
Large Tupperware Bowl
Combine all the ingredients into the large bowl. Stir and mix well until everything is smooth and well combined. To make with the hot cocoa, mix about 2-3 heaping spoons full into hot water and stir well. Enjoy with homemade marshmallows!
2 Tbsp. Gelatin (I use beef, but you can use whatever kind you want)
8 Tbsp. Cold Water
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Cold Water
1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract (I use 1 Tbsp of the Watkins brand Vanilla just because my family loves vanilla! You can also use other flavorings like, coconut, peppermint, or mix flavors as well!)
Dust a 9X9 pan with powdered sugar and set aside. In a small bowl, soak gelatin in 8 tablespoons of cold water. Set aside. Combine sugar and 1/2 cup of water in heavy saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add in gelatin and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl (or your Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I LOVE my mixer!) Let cool partially. Add sea salt and vanilla extract. Beat with an electric mixer until soft and double in size, about 10-15 minutes (this is where the Kitchen Aid or stand mixers come in handy!). Pour into prepared pan to about 1/2 thick. Set to cool until it will not stick to your finger (I usually let mine cool for about an hour or so, just to be sure). Cut into 1.5 inch pieces and roll into powered sugar (toasted coconut can also be used instead or powdered sugar). Enjoy! These are so good, they go fast! You can enjoy them plain as well!