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Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

I’m dying to tell you about this boozy hot cocoa, but I drank my way down a few mugs and am currently trying to crawl my way out.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Like everything else this week, it wasn’t my idea… a bunch of you [like Allison] looked at me [virtually] as if I was insane for not putting the marshmallow vodka in hot chocolate.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

I’m so glad I have smart invisible internet friends!

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

No more words.

Except…  GET IT.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

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Grown Up Hot Chocolate

Yield: serves about 6

Total Time: 15 minutes (without marshmallows)

Ingredients:

3 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups cream or half and half
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s Special Dark)
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4-6 ounces of marshmallow (or vanilla, cake, whipped cream) vodka

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add milk and cream. Bring to a simmer, stirring every few minutes. Add 2-3 tablespoons of the milk to the cocoa and sugar, mixing thoroughly to create a paste. Once the entire thing is wet, use a spatula to add it to the milk and turn the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), the whisk in chopped chocolate and vanilla extract.

Remove from heat and whisk in vodka, or add to each glass right before serving. Top with marshmallows and whipped cream.

For the Bailey’s marshmallows, I used this exact recipe for beer marshmallows, substituting Bailey’s for beer.

Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey's Marshmallows I howsweeteats.com

That up there? That’s what happens when you have a food blog. I don’t want to hear it. And yes, you are more than welcome to come do my laundry.

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150 Responses to “Grown Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows.”

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    Amy-Nutrition by Nature — November 12, 2011 @ 11:28 pm

    Looks amazing! I now have to go buy some of this flavored vodka! I think I will go with the cake flavor, yum!

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    Corrie Anne — November 13, 2011 @ 12:19 am

    This ALMOST makes being a grown-up worth it.
    Almost.

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    Caitlin @ Cake with Love — November 13, 2011 @ 12:55 am

    Amazing!!!!!!

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    Lisa — November 13, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    I have the same dinnerware as you, although my mugs have never looked so good! I will definitely remedy that this afternoon, by wow ing my guests wi this! you are a genius

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    Becki's Whole Life — November 13, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    OMG, this looks amazing….ok, I am going to get that marshmallow Vodka today. This is great for the holidays!

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    Ally @ Sweet & Savory — November 13, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    I’ve always thought homemade marshmallows were hard to make? But, you did it, so I’m assuming they can’t be that hard???

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    Sonnet Gal — November 13, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I’m getting that vodka NOW! It’s not cold enough yet in Texas for hot chocolate, but it is just right for vodka chocolate! ;-) On another note, I love those cups, and I’m looking for new dinnerware. After 20 years of marriage, it’s time for new dishes. The Pfaltzgraf just isn’t working for me anymore….sigh…Please tell me more about your cups, and do you have dishes and serving pieces to match? As always…your blog is the one of my favorites. Not only are your recipes fabulous, your writing is witty and amusing! Because of you, I always start my day with a smile. Thanks!

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    • Jessica — November 13th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      Thank you!! Yes – these are my dishes that we got for the wedding… they are Lenox Butler’s Pantry! Have the whole set.

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    Cait's Plate — November 13, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    I’ve never liked being a grown up so much before in my life.

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    Samantha — November 13, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    I am FINALLY making this today. In fact, right after work I’m stopping at the liquer store just to buy this stuff. So at least I know, no matter how bad today turns out, I have something wonderfully amazing to look forward to afterwards. All I can say is, thank you!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — November 13, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Yeah, adding marshmallow vodka to hot chocolate is crazy! Crazy in a good way! LOL!

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    Hannah Jayne — November 13, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    Um, I’m kind of in love with you. No, really in love. With you and with the whipped cream vodka you introduced into my life. Bless you, How Sweet, bless you and your boozy marshmallows, too!

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    Maria — November 13, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    I’m too young for alchohol…but the flavored marshmallows are so cool!

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    Sahra — November 13, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    I loveee hot chocolate and this is SO PRETTY! Looks amazing :-)

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    thelittleloaf — November 13, 2011 @ 1:14 pm

    Baileys marshmallows?! A. mazing. I want to make these right now….yum!

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    Rachel Wilkerson — November 13, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    OK, so, unsurprisingly, I’ve been wetting my pants over this since you posted it to Instagram yesterday. Then I had a reality check moment and realized that it was similar to the excitement I feel when I fall in love with an awesome sweater…that it’s SO RARELY going to be cold enough for me to enjoy tis. The sadness I feel about the fact that I have to wait two weeks till I’m in colder temperatures at Thanksgiving to enjoy this was deep. But then I realized that I get to drink this AS I wear my new awesome sweater and it’s like…I think it will be better for me than anyone else, just because I have to wait it out.

    Also this should probably be my new desktop background now that the season for the pumpkin bourbon milkshakes has passed.

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    Lucie (Thursday Night Dinner) — November 13, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    Having just celebrated my 21st birthday I cannot wait to try these out! I think your sweet tooth rivals mine, and let me say I LOVE IT!

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    Julie M. ~ The Little Red Shop — November 13, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Beautiful!! Yum!!!

    : )

    Julie M.

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    rachael adele // for the love of design — November 13, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    oh man. this is heaven.

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    Lisa — November 13, 2011 @ 9:39 pm

    omg, YUM! hot cocoa is the best thing ever. Ive been known to drink it in the summer (oops!). but if definitely tastes better when its cold out and theres a light layer of snow on the ground and your cuddling with the one you love. :)
    good thing Im missing two of the above. *sigh*

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    Jesskat3 — November 14, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    I am SO glad I found this blog! Making that recipe tomorrow!

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    allison @ thesundayflog — November 14, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    ahhhh i KNEW this was coming. ok, so since it was my idea for you to make it, how about you just come down here and bring me a mug?? yes?

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    sue — November 14, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    awesome! I want home made marshmallows now!

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    Sarah @ The Cyclist's Wife — November 14, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

    Um. They make marshmallow vodka? How was I not aware of this? Is it wrong that as I sit sipping my virgin Swiss Miss I want one of these instead? Right now. At my desk. At work? Do you deliver?

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    Megan — November 14, 2011 @ 3:53 pm

    I just bought a bottle of Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka over the weekend…and was wondering what to do with if when my college roommate visits later this week… thanks to this post, I have found inspiration! Thank you!! It looks delicious, I can’t wait to try it and blame the consumption of calories on my friend’s visit :)

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — November 14, 2011 @ 4:46 pm

    You know what I did yesterday? Bought marshmallow vodka. Actually, my husband went to the liquor store and bought it for me, but whatever. This. Looks. So. Good. You are brilliant!

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    Mrs. L — November 14, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Yes I’m drooling at the computer, wishing I could have a cup of this NOW! But knowing me I’d probably just eat all the marshmallows first :)

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    Maggie — November 14, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

    Can I just say this looks epic? And that I bought whipped cream vodka today.

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    Jen — November 14, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

    Yumm…this looks so good. I recently received a sample of torini flavored syrup from She Speaks…I have been looking for creative ways to put it to use and I think this might be a good one! (PS – the holiday themed syrups are really fun – gingerbread and salted caramel – give them a try!)

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    what katie's baking — November 15, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    holy yum.. this looks so fancy and sooooo yummy!

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    adriana — November 15, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    Im on my way to the gym but stopped for a moment to look at this. You know I dont have a sweet tooth unless it involves liquids and alcohol…so you got me on this one. This is too good to be true and to painful to look at right now but will be the first thing I do on a very cold night or maybe semi cold….its so beautiful and Baileys is my weakness.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 15, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    Wow!! Those marshmallows would make the best homemade gifts. I wouldn’t mind a bit mug of hot chocolate right now, either. :)

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    the f girl — November 16, 2011 @ 8:00 am

    Oh boy, that looks utterly delicious. I am going tos ee if I can find that wodka around here too. Yumm

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    Megan @ Newly Wife — November 16, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    Wow. That looks amazing. I have never thought of making boozy marshmallows before! You learn a new thing each day, right? Right! :)

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    Tracy — November 18, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    This just totally made my day. I’ve never even made my own marshmallows before, and now I have to just so that I make this. Yummmm.

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    becca — November 21, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    tried to make these marshmallows with agar flakes last night (i just… no to gelatin …not a veg but just no) but it was a fail. any idea what might work better?

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    • Jessica — November 21st, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

      Unfortunately I have no idea… I’m really not even familiar with gelatin so I have no clue what could be substituted. And all the vegan marshmallow recipes I’m looking at call for the agar!

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    christina llewellyn — November 23, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    I only have like 5 personal minutes to myself each week and yet I consistently find myself reading your blog, copying your recipes to make later, and then thanking you (silently) that you exist and blog… so, thank you thank you thank you thank you!!

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    • Jessica — November 23rd, 2011 @ 5:46 pm

      Thank YOU!

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    Cal — November 25, 2011 @ 4:31 am

    So – I was intrigued, but skeptical. From everything I’ve learned about marshmallows, they don’t /work/ if there’s fat in the recipes. It was on a Good Eats episode – it stops the gelatin from trapping the air, therefore they don’t get all soft and fluffy. But – HEY! BAILEYS! So I tried it anyways.

    The first thing I noticed – when boiling the Baileys with the sugar, the milk solids cooked out and browned. This was bit off-putting, but I don’t think it adversely affected the final product. After whipping the sugars for 10 mins, though, I was able to /pour/ the mix into the pyrex dish – not normal marshmallow behavior. As I expected, the marshmallows were rather… flat, and no where near as fluffy as they should have been. They taste /amazing/, don’t get me wrong! But I’m wondering if you got a different result?

    I put these marshmallows on my sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving, by the by. OMG.

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    • Linda — December 11th, 2011 @ 11:53 am

      The same thing happened to me. I’ve made plain marshmallows before, and they turn out nice and light and fluffy. With the bailey’s, the gelatin just didn’t “bloom”. These marshmallows are heavy and thin…but taste good. I’m going to make Bailey’s whipped cream instead.

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    • Megan — December 13th, 2011 @ 11:01 am

      I tried the marshmallow recipe this weekend and I thought they were a bit flat too. But when I checked back today, mine did look like the ones pictured above. I noticed that the ‘mallows didn’t float (I guess b/c they are denser than commercial ‘mallows). I think I’ll try them again, maybe without as much Bailey’s. But these are delicious, my husband thought they were reminscent of Bailey’s flavored Peeps :)

      Love Love Love your blog! Sooo many delish recipes!

      Thanks for the inspiration.

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      • Julia — December 29th, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

        Glad to see this. Mine EXPLODED and I had to switch pans TWICE. *Sigh* forgot about that whole dairy explosion situation. Gah! The mix tasted yummy, though!

    • Katherine — December 23rd, 2012 @ 4:26 am

      So happy you mentioned this! I thought I was the only one, since I was looking at how fluffy the beer marshmallows were but then I checked back here and saw hers were flatter, and you had the same result! Thanks :)

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    natalie — December 5, 2011 @ 1:53 am

    this sounds sooo bomb!! I would also suggest trying voli vodka’s hot cocoa its crazy good!
    http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/10-warm-drinks-wont-pack-pounds?page=2

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    Susanne — December 6, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    This looks so delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Greetings from Bremen.

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    Fran — December 6, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Anyone know the pattern for those cups? Beautiful!

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    Marissa — December 20, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Great pics!! love them!!! and just one question…….. how can something sound so good and so wrong at the same time!….. can’t wait to make this!

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    Kate — December 29, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    Your grown up hot chocolate looks divine! I admit to recently trying smirnoff’s whipped creme vodka (seeing the miniatures, they looked interesting) to make some delicious white russians.

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    Barb — December 31, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    You just got a new subscriber!!! Can’t wait to see more recipes!! Looks like recipe that hubby and I will want to try!

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    Kandace — December 31, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Absolutely love ur recipes involving the flavored vodka. For months I’ve been adding it to hot cocoa, but this recipe will defiantly turn heads. I can’t wait to see what my hubby thinks. Thanks so much for making these available.

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    Lola — July 12, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    I am a minor so I did not add the marsh mellows, but I made the hot chocolate and it was fantastic! Thank you soooooo much!

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    Alys Murdoch — October 1, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    I was thinking of using Kahula instead of Bailey’s. Should I still use one cup of Kahula?

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    Michele Hickman — November 13, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    I make a white russian marshmallow that would go great in these!

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    Lynn — December 22, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    I add butterscotch schnapps to my hot chocolate. . . liquid turtle with some kick!

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    Alex — February 26, 2013 @ 4:01 am

    Oh so wonderful and nice pictures. I love it!

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    Christy — August 22, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Hey I’m getting ready to try the marshmallows, did anyone cut the sugar because baileys has so much more sugar than beer… Were your results better?

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