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Classic Stovetop Hot Chocolate
There are three things that I absolutely love about the holidays: the food, visiting with family, and Christmas decorations. Throw in some snow and a good holiday movie and I’m in heaven.
Like the majority of cooks and bakers out there, I have a stack of recipes that I’ve accumulated over the years from friends and family. Included in that stack are special recipes that are only made at Christmas time. These are usually recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Now that my granddaughter is almost four years old, she’s old enough to participate in holiday baking. She enjoys being in the kitchen with grandma and she definitely has a similar sweet tooth!
Since she’s here visiting with me, and because it’s frosty outside, I decided to make us a pot of stovetop hot chocolate. I also pulled out my recipe card for Angel Kisses and instead of worrying about making the dessert look Pinterest-worthy, I let her enjoy the experience.
Thankfully, I had already visited my local Giant grocery store to stock up on chocolate morsels, marshmallows, McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, and McCormick® Cinnamon.
Did you know that McCormick® spices have been around for over a hundred years? I’m not quite that old 😉 but I have been using McCormick® since my childhood.
Angel Kisses and Stovetop Hot Chocolate
How cute is my little assistant??
If you’ve never heard of Angel Kisses before (recipe at the bottom of this post), they’re basically chocolate drops/balls coated in delicious coconut. They require no baking and they’re fun to make!
As you can see, my assistant has not perfected her ball-rolling or coconut dipping skills yet but that’s okay.
What really matters is that they still tasted good and hey, we made them together.
Now my personal rule is that you can’t make Angel Kisses without having hot chocolate so that was next on our list. Since this involved the stovetop, my assistant focused on the marshmallows.
I seldom make that hot chocolate in packets because I’m too spoiled with this classic recipe. To me, Stovetop Hot Chocolate is REAL hot chocolate.
And a classic part of Christmas-time.
In only about ten minutes’ time, you can have made from scratch chocolatey deliciousness.
I like to add a dash of McCormick® Cinnamon to my hot chocolate but this is purely optional and totally up to you.
Side note: I add cinnamon to my ground coffee (before brewing) to give it a Christmasy flavor.
“Can I eat more marshmallows now, Grandma?” 🤣
As we were cleaning up, my granddaughter said, “What a fun day, Grandma!”
Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Making memories by spending time with family and friends and good food?
I feel all warm and cozy inside.
This easy to make dessert requires no baking and it's a great addition to your holiday parties or family get-togethers.
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 egg
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups miniature marshmallows
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut (sweetened)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 tsp McCormick® Pure Vanilla
- Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in the egg and vanilla.
- Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Stir in sugar, nuts, and marshmallows and combine until blended.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to one hour.
- Shape into 1-2 inch balls. Roll in coconut.
- Place on wax paper in a food-safe container.
- Keep refrigerated.
Skip the hot chocolate in the packets and make this from scratch classic stovetop hot chocolate instead.
- 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S Unsweetened Cocoa
- 4 cups milk
- 1/3 cup water hot
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- dash of McCormick® Cinnamon
Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in water.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for about 2 minutes.
Add milk and stir until mixture is heated thoroughly. Remove from heat before boiling starts. Add vanilla.
Optional: Add a dash of cinnamon.
Not ready to make this just yet? Pin this photo to your Pinterest board!
What’s your favorite holiday treat to make?