Poppy Pomfrey’s X-traordinary Restorative Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows

Monday February 15, 2010

Plain ol’ hunks of pure chocolate, one of children’s most requested pleasure foods, is given the medicinal power to nourish and revive bodies exposed to debilitating toxic vapors and high altitude broomstick falls. Served in the Hogwarts school hospital wing, hot cocoa is the restorative panacea for all sorts of maladies, such as being stunned or petrified.

I happen to be a connossieur of unsweetened cocoa powder. I used to use Droste’s, but then I graduated to Sharffen Berger, which has an incredible, and quite addictive, chocolatey flavor. Valhrona is a close second with good old Hershey’s coming in third. Using a great cocoa powder will really affect the taste. If you love chocolate, I suggest you search out some of these. The other wonderful touch is to find housemade marshmallows, which are usually cubed since they are cut by hand instead of extruded and available in the bakery section of a gourmet supermarket. The sweetened condensed milk serves as the sweetener, so you won’t need to add any sugar. You can double or triple this recipe for a crowd.

Overview

Recommended Size: Medium Round or Oval

Machine Setting and Cook Time: Low Heat: 3 to 5 hours

Makes 7 1/2 cups; serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 cups milk, whole or fat-free milk, or soy milk, as desired, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 to 12 marshmallows

Instructions

1. Place the cocoa powder and 2 cups of milk in the slow cooker; whisk by hand or use an immersion blender to combine until smooth. Add the remaining milk, vanilla, and condensed milk, stirring to combine.

2. Cover and simmer on LOW for 3 to 5 hours, until steaming hot. Briskly stir with a whisk before serving. Ladle the steaming cocoa into mugs; top with 1 or 2 marshmallows. Drink immediately with great pleasure.

Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows excerpted from Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Family Favorites, by Beth Hensperger. (c) 2009, used by permission from the Harvard Common Press.


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