Fluffy Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Fluffy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Melted marshmallows provide the frothy texture that you'll savor in this sweet and speedy warm beverage. They're also what makes this hot chocolate different from (and better than) the instant kind you make from a store-bought mix. Chocolaty and comforting, it's our daughter's favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 249 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 33 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 9 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are melted, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Fluffy Hot Chocolate in Quick Cooking September/October 1998, p31

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Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"We upped the chocolate and sugar a bit to make it a little more chocolaty. This is always a hit and so easy to make. The kids love it. I'm a big fan of a little dash of cinnamon in my cup. Definitely our go to hot chocolate recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Much better than store bought! The melted marshmallows added a lot and it looked pretty since it was so fluffy."

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014 Edited Feb. 5, 2014

"This was creamy delicious....I would agree that the melted marshmallows are a hit in this recipe. I would also agree to add more cocoa next time as the chocolate flavor was mild. I did use an off brand cocoa so that may be the reason.

*** I just made this again and added two extra teaspoons of cocoa....perfect now. If I continue to use off brand cocoa I will use 6 teaspoons of cocoa. A top shelf cocoa, I will stick to 4 until I know the flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"A really good hot chocolate that is a snap to make. I did alter it a tiny bit. I added a about 2tsp more cocoa powder and a pinch of salt to cut the sweetness and enhance the flavors. Everyone was very pleased with it during our arctic blast!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"This was amazing! Great tasting and I can't bring myself to drink regular store bought coca ever again!"

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