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Crazy Good Hot Chocolate Mix!

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This is a great gift! Who wouldn’t love you forever if you gave them a jar of yummy chocolatey creamy hot chocolate mix? Nobody that’s who, especially if you put cute mini marshmallow in it too!

I love good hot chocolate. But rarely does a coffee shop get it bang on. My brother(with my help as taste tester-yay! best job EVER!) found the perfect chocolate for his customers. This mix(tested/tweaked extensively by me for your pleasure) evokes the same memory I had back then, tasty, rich and creamy. YUM!

If you can get your hands on Nido full fat dried milk please do, otherwise a tin of Marvel(or similar) will suffice(and me a tad healthier).

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What you need:

This amount of mix makes between 9-10 mugs of hot chocolate.

1 cup Dried milk powder

1/3 cup Cocoa

1oz Chocolate pudding mix(such as Jello)

1/2 cup Sugar

39g Chocolate(of at least 70%) I used one Taza Stoneground Organic Orange Chocolate disc  from  The Stateside Candy Co online

A few drops of Orange oil(available in most supermarkets)

What to do:

First grind your bar/block of chocolate. I used my trusty coffee grinder for this but you can use your processor too. You want it as fine as a powder (“fine” on my grinder).

The next part is so easy that I’m not even going to add photos or even much in the way of instructions.

Stick the ingredients in a food processor(even easier if you are already using one!) and whizz to mix up.

Seriously, this is the easiest “recipe” ever, but brilliant all the same. There are endless ways to tweak the mix, and with the variety of Taza flavours it could get very interesting !

To make up the hot chocolate put two well rounded tbsp in a mug add little hot water(yes really) and mix to a paste. Make up to a full mug with warm milk OR if you’re feeling virtuous and healthy(ish) you can make up with all water.

Remember to attach a note if you’re gifting this(unlike me, who got all caught up in how brilliant this was and then had to text everyone afterwards. Don’t be me.) & then make up another batch(or three) to gift to yourself!

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Stout Marshmallows

 

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Marshmallows are something I have wanted to try for ages, I just never seemed to get around to it. In truth it was a lot to do with the idea of faffing around with a candy thermometer and the idea of the mess too.

I can however now say that having made them that the faffing(which in reality is not much) and mess(easy to clean with hot water) is absolutely worth it! PLUS if you do gift these to your father on Fathers Day you’ll heaps of brownie points-bonus! 🙂

As with most things I do it’s never enough to just make plain, simple  ones and leave it at that. These stout(STOUT? heck yes! delicious, sweet, cloud-like with a rich stout taste that comes second, they really do work!) The stout flavour take the kiddie confectionery to another, more adult level.

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This recipe uses stout from my local brewery Williams Bros here in central Scotland. March of the Penguins to be precise, but any dark, rich, malty stout would work, try Guinness if you can’t get my delicious local brew.

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Everyone here loves them and they would be the perfect thing for Fathers Day. So I urge you to get the pots out and get your mallow on!

 

What you need:

A sugar/candy thermometer is essential here!

A med/large pot, I use one with high sides. This recipe has a tendency to foam a lot so get yourself something kinda big, but not too big that your thermometer doesn’t reach the sugar syrup.

A pan, I used a regular loaf pan. That is about perfect size for this amount. Oil the pan and dust with a mix of half icing sugar and half cornflour.

 

The sugar syrup:

3/4 (6oz)cup sugar

1/2 cup & 2 tbsp(5oz) golden syrup

1/4 cup stout(flat)

Pinch of salt

1 tsp vanilla extract, I used 1/4 tsp vanilla paste

 

For the gelatine bloom:

1/3 cup stout(flat)

1.5 tbsp powdered gelatine

 

For the icing sugar/cornflour dusting:

1/2 cup icing sugar

1/2 cup cornflour

Mix together in small bowl and use to dust pan and top of mallows.

 

What to do:

First off let your stout go flat, I mean proper flat. If you’re rushed(aren’t we all?) pout it into a jug and stir it around with a fork until flat

Then take the stout pour into the bowl of your mixer and sprinkle the gelatine over the top in a even layer. Mix to make sure there are no big lumps. Fit the whisk attachment to the mixer.

Put the sugar, stout and golden syrup and salt into your pan, clip the thermometer to the side, if yours is swanky like that, and bring fairly quickly to a rolling boil. You want this stout, sugar syrup to reach 240 on the thermometer, once it’s been boiling for a few ins keep checking, towards the end the temp seems to rise rapidly!

Once you’ve reached the 240 take the pan from the heat and start your mixer running, slowly(ish) at this part! Boiling sugar is not something you want splattering over yourself, please be careful.

Gently pour the sugar into the gelatine until combined, now you may increase the speed.

Let the mixer do it’s thing. The mixture will grow and change to a paler colour. At this stage add the vanilla. You know the mallows is ready when you can trail mallow on the surface and it retains it’s shape. This can take about 10-12 mins to do. You can feel the side of the bowl for this too, you want it to feel only barely warm to the touch.

Once at the setting stage, work quickly with a silicone spatula and pour the mallow into your pan. Don’t worry too much about getting everything or it will start to set!

Smooth as much as you can, but again do it quickly and don’t “faff”.

Sprinkle a little more icing sugar/cornflour mix over the top and leave to set for at least an hour.

Gently pull the mallow away from the edge of the tin to release and using a knife cut into pieces. Dip your knife into any remaining icing sugar/cornflour between cuts. If it is proving hard to come off the sides, ease a knife down the edge and push a little of the sugar/corn flour mix down the gap. Work your way along the sides of the pan like this and it *should plop out no bother!

 

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Ps. Just had a thought, how AMAZING would these be as s’mores?! Yum, I’m off to buy half covered chocolate digestive biscuits and try!

 

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