So Much Better

She has been working on this method for… Two. Years.

Have you ever had a hot cocoa from one of those powder packets?  Of course you have, we all have…who doesn’t want a nice hot cup of cocoa warming their hands on a wintry day?  Who has two thumbs and doesn’t love that weird powder with the little maggoty dried up marshmallows drowned into a watery sugary syrup?  This chick…

There is an alternative that doesn’t require a pot on your stove or any weird ingredients that you have to make a special trip to the store for.  Who wants to do that when it’s 30 degrees and windy and you’re trying to enjoy a rare moment of peace while the kids are at preschool?  Not this chick…

I’ve been working on this method for roughly two years and I think I have it perfected.  The result is a rich, creamy, very chocolatey hot refresher with a pillow of marshmallow on top that slowly dissolves into a soft puddle that slips between your lips like a sweet cloud.

This recipe takes less than five minutes to make and leaves you with only one spoon and one mug to clean.

1 ½ teaspoons good-quality cocoa (I like Ghirardelli)
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup milk (of your choice, my sister uses coconut)
1 heaping spoonful marshmallow fluff

Put the sugar and cocoa in the bottom of your mug…
Give a stir to combine.  Add in the vanilla, and mix it all up into a paste…
This helps it all to dissolve into the cold milk.  So, add in your milk and stir it vigorously.  Microwave it on full power for a minute and a half, or however long you like to do your hot beverages…
Give it another good stir and then scoop out a big wad of fluff onto your spoon.  Dunk the spoon with the fluff on it all the way to the bottom of your cup.  Give it a shake-around.  The marshmallow will float off the spoon and bob up to the chocolatey surface…
Calgon, take me away!

I’ve tried this with other add-ins too.  It’s also great with:

A drop of peppermint extract
A dusting of cinnamon
About 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract
A twist of orange peel
A shot of espresso
An ounce of rum (sshh! That’s our little secret…)

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