Mmm, melted chocolate. Doesn’t the thought make you want to lick your fingers right now? I mean, who doesn’t instinctively want to lick melted chocolate off of… well anything? The other day the President of the company I work for was making chit chat in the kitchen and was raving about this chocolate place that makes – get this…. liquid chocolate. I don’t know what that is, or truly care, I just want it. In my mouth. Right now.
I think that’s why I liked this drink because it really just is liquid chocolate. Ha! I just made my own so I don’t have to hunt down that other place he was talking about. Not to mention I probably made it for WAY cheaper…
I know Valentine’s Day is coming up this weekend and I’m kinda meh about it. I’m not a huge Valentines Day girl but I think maybe it’s because I’ve never had a “sweep me off my feet” type of V-day. So what would I know? At the same time, what does a “sweep me off my feet” kinda day consist of? And how the heck do you make that day fun for a guy? I have no clue at all…. I think I’ll take my mom some flowers, does that count? Maybe for her it does…. Do you have any thoughts on fun Valentine’s Day things to give or do? If all else fails I suppose what girl would complain about something sparkly or dipped in chocolate?
Anywho, melted chocolate. Yes, this drink is seriously like you just melted a chocolate bar in a mug. What could be better than that? Um, marshmallows? Well yes, but I have this thing about marshmallows. They are usually so sweet and mushy… ick, just not my deal. I like them if they are toasted over a campfire and super melty on the inside, but that is a completely different story!
So, to solve the marshmallow problem – which is a requirement for this hot chocolate. I added popcorn. Sooo good because it’s made the same way as those marshmallow cereal treats we all made as kids. I think we all remember how amazing those were. These are equally as good – just with a bit of an adult update. As long as anything this sticky and fun can be “adult”.
I begged Juliet to dip the popcorn marshmallows in the chocolate in the pictures and she begrudgingly agreed. The awesome thing we discovered while dipping… the chocolate is warm enough to really heat up the marshmallows making them nice and soft to eat. So delicious. I didn’t want to drink the cup, I just wanted to dip all day just like fondue!
In all seriousness, I know exactly what this hot chocolate needs. A good book. I am almost done reading Caroline Fyffe’s latest McCutcheon Family novel. It’s such a sweet story. I really am a sucker for romance novels. Shh, don’t tell anyone…. I have read both this series and the Montana Sky Series by Debra Holland (who I fell in love with after I heard her talk about writing novels). I think I have decided how I’ll spend my retirement in oh… 30 years or so = writing a food and travel blog, writing a novel and traveling the country in a vintage RV. I love it. Can I retire now?
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 3 cups popcorn
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 oz. dark chocolate, shaved (I used 85%)
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Line a bread pan with parchment paper. Spray paper with non-stick spray, set aside.
- In a large pot, over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Once butter is melted add marshmallows. Stir constantly until marshmallows are melted.
- Remove from heat and stir in popcorn and salt. Stir until coated in marshmallow mixture. Pour mixture into prepared pan and press evenly into the pan. Let cool then cut into 1x1 inch pieces with a sharp knife.
- Place chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat and add 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla extract. Stir until chocolate begins to melt. Slowly add remaining milk and continuing stirring until completely smooth. Add in sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and sea salt, and stir until everything is dissolved and combined.
- Once mixture boils, let it cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until thickened enough that it coats the back of your spoon. Pour into 2 mugs. Top with popcorn marshmallows.