When I spotted this recipe in the latest issue of Food & Wine, there was little doubt I would try it. Melted ice cream in hot chocolate? Um yes, I must. And while it's a little bit naughty, it's perfect for those special holiday moments, when you can sit down, exhale and indulge a little.
True, this melted ice cream hot chocolate recipe with toasted marshmallows is a little bit naughty, but oh so nice!
Beyond the ice cream, this hot chocolate is basically pantry items. I do recommend whole milk, if you can. As for the ice cream, vanilla is an obvious choice, but this one is ripe for experimentation. Coffee ice cream would make a nice adult hot chocolate. And for those so inclined, it goes without saying that booze of some sort might be a nice addition, as well :)
For the marshmallows, I used homemade marshmallows that I toasted with my kitchen torch. If you need a great homemade marshmallow recipe, try the one on my site from Butter Bakery (less the coconut). Of course, big store-bought marshmallows will work well, too. If you don't have a torch, simply place the marshmallows on a foil-lined baking sheet under the broiler and without taking your eyes off them for even a second, cook until golden brown and puffy.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- Pinch salt
- 2 cups softened vanilla ice cream
- 2/3 - 1 cup cocoa powder
- Large marshmallows, homemade or store-bought
- In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until milk heats and sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in softened ice cream and stir until smooth and mixture is re-warmed. Using a wire whisk, whisk in the cocoa powder and heat. Taste and if desired, add more cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. at a time, until it is the perfect amount of chocolate for you. (If you have an immersion blender, I like to give it a little mix to be sure the cocoa powder is mixed in and to froth it up a bit.)
- Ladle in to mugs and top with large marshmallows. Using a kitchen torch, heat marshmallows until golden. (If you don't have a torch, line a baking sheet with foil and place marshmallows under the oven broiler. DON'T TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THEM! Cook until golden and puffy, then use a spoon to place on top of hot chocolate.
Adapted from Food & Wine December 2014