Hot Chocolate on a Stick with Homemade Marshmallows! (Soy-free, Gluten-free)

Each year, we try to make a Christmas present to take into my husband's office. Not everyone is a practicing Christian, but they all seem to appreciate the gesture! The past two years we've given homemade hot cocoa, but I didn't want anyone to get bored so we tried a new recipe! 

I saw Hot Cocoa on a stick on Make and Takes by Jane at This Week for Dinner. I've tested several of Jane's recipes, and she hasn't steered me wrong. I decided to give this treat a try, and it worked out beautifully! They will be delightful gifts!

These are nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free. Oops! They are NOT sugar-free or fat-free! But they are tasty and small so they'd fit into any diet of moderation.

Cocoa Blocks

(makes about 3 dozen) 


  • ½ cup heavy cream (found some that has no stabilizers)
  • 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (1 1/4 cups)
  • 3 cups semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (chopped chocolate bars or chips; I used Enjoy Life brand)
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate (I used Trader Joe's chocolate rounds that are just cocoa)
  • wooden sticks (I used paper lollipop sticks)

  • Directions:

    1) Line an 8" x 8" pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

    2) Heat the cream and condensed milk over low heat until steaming. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate; allow it to gently melt.

    3) After about 10 minutes, return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt the chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the mixture is thick and shiny. Add a few drops of flavoring oil if you like; hazelnut, coffee, or vanilla are popular flavors.
    4) Pour the chocolate mixture into the pan; shake the pan gently to level. Sprinkle with cocoa, if desired. Set aside overnight to slowly set up.

    5) Run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn out onto a clean cutting surface.
    6) Slice into 1 ¼" cubes. Heat a knife in hot water and wipe dry before each cut, for smoothest cuts.

    7) Stick a wooden stick into the center of each block.
    8) Roll in cocoa or crushed peppermint candy, if desired.
    9) Wrap in waxed paper, parchment, or plastic wrap to store.

Homemade Marshmallows

(makes about 9 dozen regular sized marshmallows)


  • 3 packages unflavored gelatin 
  • 1 cup ice cold water, divided
  • 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup light corn syrup 
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Nonstick spray


Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.

In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.

Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture. Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.

For regular marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

For miniature marshmallows:

Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Line 4 half sheet pans with parchment paper, spray the paper with nonstick cooking spray and dust with the confectioners' sugar mixture.
Scoop the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round piping tip. Pipe the mixture onto the prepared sheet pans lengthwise, leaving about 1-inch between each strip. Sprinkle the tops with enough of the remaining cornstarch and sugar mixture to lightly cover. Let the strips set for 4 hours or up to overnight.
Cut into 1/2 inch pieces using a pizza wheel or scissors dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture. Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining sugar mixture and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

1 comment:

DandW said...

This is delicious!