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Spiced Hot Chocolate with Black Pepper Marshmallow Fluff

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Spiced Hot Chocolate with Black Pepper Marshmallow Fluff
Aurelie Jouan

Spiced Hot Chocolate with Black Pepper Marshmallow Fluff

Hot cocoa packets have nothing on homemade hot chocolate. Star anise, cinnamon stick, and ancho chiles add some spice to a sweet drink. Recipe courtesy of chef Janine Booth of root & bone in New York City.

Click here to see Holiday How-To: Spiced Hot Chocolate.

Click here to see Holiday How-To: Marshmallow Fluff.

Ingredients

For the spiced hot chocolate:

  • 3 Cups milk
  • 1 Cup heavy cream
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1 Teaspoon dried ancho chiles
  • 1 Cup chopped chocolate

For the black pepper marshmallow fluff:

  • 2 Cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon glucose or corn syrup
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 sheet gelatin (bloomed in ice water)
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt

Directions

For the spiced hot chocolate:

Heat the milk, heavy cream, sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, and chiles until the liquid is steaming. Turn off the heat, cover, and steep for 30 minutes to let the spices permeate the milk. Bring the milk back to a boil and strain over the chocolate. Whisk well.

For the black pepper marshmallow fluff:

In a medium saucepan, bring the sugar, water, and glucose to a boil and cook until 250 degrees F (soft ball stage).

In an electric mixer, whip the egg whites to medium peak and add the sugar mixture to them, whisking on medium speed. Add the gelatin, black pepper, and sea salt. Whisk on high speed for 5 minutes.

Top the hot chocolate with some marshmallow fluff and serve.

Nutritional Facts
Servings3
Calories Per Serving1373
Total Fat55g85%
Sugar210gN/A
Saturated33g100%
Cholesterol133mg44%
Protein16g33%
Carbs220g73%
Vitamin A497µg55%
Vitamin B121µg21%
Vitamin B60.3mg17.1%
Vitamin C0.9mg1.5%
Vitamin D4µg1%
Vitamin E1mg6%
Vitamin K8µg10%
Calcium377mg38%
Fiber6g22%
Folate (food)28µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)28µg7%
Iron3mg18%
Magnesium110mg27%
Monounsaturated16gN/A
Niacin (B3)0.9mg4.7%
Phosphorus353mg50%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium797mg23%
Riboflavin (B2)0.8mg46.9%
Sodium811mg34%
Sugars, added195gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.2mg12.2%
Zinc2mg15%