Homemade Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate

I have been feeling like I need a baking challenge lately. I wanted to make something that I have never done before so I decided to make my own marshmallows. From Averie Cooks, I recently won the book Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever, of the blog Piece of Cake. The recipe in this book for marshmallows looked so easy I thought for sure I would mess something up. But to my surprise, I didn’t!
The smell of the “batter” was amazing! It smelled and tasted like Fluff. That’s how I knew I did this right.
Once the marshmallow was set, I used a pizza cutter to make the marshmallow cubes.


After I made the marshmallows, I didn’t feel as if it was a challenge at all. That’s how simple it is! I look forward to making them again and trying some different things, like dipping them in chocolate.  You can find a recipe for Vanilla Marshmallows on here or pick up the book Pure Vanilla!

Now what is the best thing to go with marshmallows? Hot chocolate of course! The latest Sundays with Joy recipe is the Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate. The title of this recipe couldn’t be more accurate. It is a rich, creamy, steamy mug of hot chocolate made with a combination of white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Also, the added espresso powder adds a wonderful touch.

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Add the homemade marshmallows and you have the perfect treat for a wintery night!


This tastes amazing as the marshmallow melts into the chocolate.  And then use a spoon to scoop it up…yum!

To make this Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate, you can find the recipe in the Joy the Baker Cookbook!

I made both the hot chocolate and marshmallows about a week before Christmas and have been anxious to share them with you.  Christmas just snuck up on me and I have no idea where the time went!  I hope everyone had a great holiday and enjoyed lots of delicious treats!