Peeps are a candy that I’ve always associated with Easter, but over the last few years they have been introducing all kinds of different shapes and characters for different holidays. There is never a bad time of year for marshmallows as far as I am concerned, so I always look forward to seeing the seasonal designs. I immediately fell in love with the Ghost Marshmallows that came out for Halloween. They had a great expression and I know that they would be perfect for garnishing spooky dishes – and for satisfying a sweet tooth.
I brought home a few packages of marshmallows and whipped up some hot chocolate to put them in. This is a dark chocolate hot chocolate that uses both cocoa powder and dark chocolate for a rich, intense chocolate flavor. The marshmallow will add a little extra sweetness as it melts into the hot chocolate, so just sweeten the hot chocolate to taste as you mix it up.
Halloween Hot Chocolate
(a.k.a. Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate)
10-oz hot milk
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2-3 tbsp sugar, or to taste
Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts
In a large mug (14-oz mug) combine hot milk with cocoa powder, dark chocolate and sugar. Allow mixture to sit for a minute so that the chocolate begins to melt, then stir with a spoon or small whisk until smooth. Add additional sugar to taste, if needed.
Top with Peeps Marshmallow Ghosts.