Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa

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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

It is definitely cold and chilly in the Pacific Northwest where I live. I don’t usually get chilled just from cold temperatures. Its the rain plus the cold that shiver me to my core. When its cold and stormy outside, sometimes the one thing that sounds the best is a hot drink. Add a splash of booze and not only do you have a hot delicious drink, you have a hot delicious drink with just the right amount of wow to really make you smile.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

When I was a kid, the only hot chocolate I knew was the powdered pouch where you just add water. Heck – I used to eat that stuff dry! Now, the taste of instant hot chocolate is pretty awful. Now I definitely feel its worth it to invest a few extra minutes and some higher quality ingredients to have a rich homemade cup of hot chocolate. I’m happy to say it tastes nothing like the instant kind and probably packs a lot more calories and fat – so worth it, my friends.

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

Homemade rich hot cocoa will put a smile on anyone’s face, but adding that splash (or in my case hefty pour) of coconut rum, and all things become right in the world. Ever eat a Mounds or Almond Joy candy bar?  It tastes like that, only better. When I drank this hot chocolate, I didn’t taste any booze. I only tasted chocolate coconut heaven. If you haven’t tried making your own homemade hot cocoa or adding coconut rum to your drink, you now have something new to try tonight!

Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!

If you love all things chocolate and naughty, you’ll definitely love one of my most popular recipes – Five Minute Fudge:

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And if you love hot chocolate, you should give my Dark Chocolate Vanilla Bean Hot Chocolate a try:

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Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa
 
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Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1-2 ounces coconut rum
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, heat milk and half-and-half until milk is almost to the boiling point. When milk starts to coat the bottom of the pan, you'll know its done.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate and rum. Stir until fully melted.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
Rich and decadent Coconut Rum Hot Cocoa made from milk, half and half, chocolate, and coconut rum will warm your belly and put a smile on your face!
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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows

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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s’mores will never be the same!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Welcome to day 10 of 12!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I couldn’t NOT make marshmallows, right?  I mean, I made peppermint marshmallows last Christmas and strawberry marshmallows over the summer, so I’ve started my own personal trend and anticipate making at least a couple different kinds of marshmallows each year going forward. It’s kinda my thing now.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

I never quite know if my marshmallows are going to turn out when I deviate from my original recipe. For example, I pretty much took my original recipe and added melted dark chocolate to the mix for this version. I really wasn’t sure if that would completely ruin these marshmallows by changing the consistency, but I’m beginning to realize that marshmallows are incredibly forgiving. These were absolutely wonderful!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Can you imagine how good these would be melted on a graham cracker or floating in a piping hot cup of homemade hot chocolate? I don’t have to imagine it, I’m able to remember it, because I did both!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

And since I was dipping all sorts of things in chocolate this year, I figured I might as well dip some of these marshmallows in chocolate. Yeah, that was a good decision.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

If you’re looking for a new treat to make and have never tried making marshmallows, they’re not only fun to make but they’re really fun to eat!

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

Chocolate Marshmallows
 
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Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 100 marshmallows
Ingredients
  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I used ultra fine baking sugar)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • Nonstick spray
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the gelatin with the ice cold water and give it a swirl to ensure the gelatin doesn't clump. Let sit.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Heat on medium high with the lid on for a few minutes to bring it to a boil. Then, remove the lid and heat on high heat until a candy thermometer reads exactly 240 degrees F. As soon as it reaches temperature, remove it from the heat.
  3. With the whisk attached to the stand mixer, start mixing the gelatin and water on low speed. Slowly pour the hot sugar mixture into the bowl. Once all of the hot sugar mixture has been added, turn the speed to high and continue to mix until you get a beautiful white marshmallow mixture that is just warm to the touch, about 8-12 minutes. While this is mixing, melt chocolate in microwave at half power in one minute increments, stirring after each minute. With the mixer still running, add melted chocolate and mix for one more minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine corn starch, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar. Spray 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray as well as a rubber spatula. Add about 1/3 of the corn starch blend, then shake the pan to evenly coat the bottom and sides. Use spatula to transfer the marshmallow mixture from the bowl to the baking dish and spread into an even layer. Top with half of the remaining corn starch mixture, and spread it across the top to cover. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered 4-10 hours.
  5. Lift the marshmallows out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into desired shapes and then roll each individual marshmallow in remaining corn starch mixture to coat all sticky sides.
  6. Store in air tight container. They can also be frozen, if needed.

Homemade Chocolate Marshmallows are downright delicious and quite easy to make. Your hot chocolate and s'mores will never be the same!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Easy Peppermint Mocha

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Don’t waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love this time of year. Without the holidays, it would be dreadfully difficult to get through a dark and rainy Portland winter. Everything I love about the holidays – the lights, the gifts, the homemade treats, the hot comforting drinks – it all gets me through each day with a warm smile on my face.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love holiday themed coffee drinks. I look forward to them every year. What I don’t enjoy is paying over five bucks for a single drink. That’s why I was so excited when I found this International Delight Peppermint Mocha when I was shopping last week at Target! Being able to make my favorite drink at home just encourages me to slow down and enjoy the magical moments, whether I’m curled up by the fire with my loved ones or entertaining all of my favorite friends. And that’s really what the holidays are all about.  

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This coffee drink is really easy to make. I used one of those instant coffee packs, but instead of putting in the full 8 ounces of water that the instructions called for, I only used 4 ounces. Then, I steamed and frothed up some chocolate milk. Already sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s a plain mocha right there. what I did was elevate the drink to holiday status by adding some of the Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. YUM.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Top that with some whipped cream because, well, it wouldn’t be a holiday drink without some whipped cream, right?

If you want extra savings on a drink like this, you can download and use Cartwheel and the 5% off coupon on International Delight Coffee Creamer, Silk Coffee Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015. Target’s Cartwheel app allows you to search for offers, scan products for coupons, and save them all to your own personal savings barcode to be scanned at checkout. Use Cartwheel to build your shopping list so you don’t forget anything, making life just a little bit easier this holiday season.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Easy Peppermint Mocha
 
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Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 individual pack of finely ground instant coffee
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • 4 ounces chocolate milk
  • 1 tablespoon International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a large cup, mix instant coffee and boiling water. Heat chocolate milk on stove top or in microwave and then whisk to froth, or if you have a frother heat the milk in there. Add to the coffee mixture.
  2. Stir in the Peppermint Mocha Creamer.
  3. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

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