Christmas Morning ~ Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is waking up Christmas morning with the excitement that Santa had arrived. While sitting around the tree opening gifts, my mother would make us hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. I loved the festive shapes my mom would cut the marshmallows into, especially the snowflakes that almost filled the top of the mug.

This holiday season, I would love to share with you our family’s hot chocolate and homemade marshmallow recipe. 

Homemade Hot Chocolate


  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups 10% cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • Combine milk with half-and-half in a small saucepan.
  • Warm over medium-low heat, then stir in chocolate chips and vanilla.
  • If it's not quite sweet enough for you, add 1 teaspoon sugar.

Snowflake Marshmallows

adapted from Martha


  • 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin (2 envelopes)
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup clear corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; line with parchment paper. Spray parchment; set aside.
  • Pour 1/3 cup cold water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Sprinkle with gelatin; let mixture soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Place sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/3 cup water in a medium saucepan. Cover; bring to a boil.
  • Remove lid; cook, swirling pan occasionally until syrup reaches 238 degrees (soft-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 5 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low speed, whisk gelatin mixture, and slowly pour the syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl (to avoid splattering). Gradually raise the speed to high; beat until mixture is thick, white, and has almost tripled in volume, about 12 minutes.
  • Add vanilla, and beat 30 seconds to combine.
  • Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet; smooth with an offset spatula. Let stand at room temperature, uncovered, until firm, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Coat a 1- or 2-inch snowflake-shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray to prevent it from sticking. Cut out as many individual marshmallows as possible; coat cutter with more spray as needed.
  • Use marshmallows immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.