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Nov 17, 2004 01:57 PM

How to keep hot chocolate hot for a party?

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My friends and I are holding an "invitational" 10 mile run on Dec 5th. Basically it's a Sunday brunch that requires you to at least pretend you are going to run 10 miles first.

My friends and I have made a rule that all the post-run food must be pre-prepared and require NO post-run work on our parts. Partly because we actually plan to run the distance and expect to be whipped (we are not long-distance runners) and partly because we expect the 12 or so guests to finish at very different times.

So, I'm planning to bring hot chocolate and homemade marshmellows. How can I keep the hocho warm and easy to serve? My Mom has an old fashioned percolator. I'm assuming this would ruin the chocolate by cooking it to death? I could just put it in a stock pot and ladle it up, but I'm looking for any ingenious ideas you might have.

Bonus question: anybody made peppermint marshmellows which have a pink swirl? There's a recipe in MS Living this month, although I'm tempted, it looks like it has the potential to be a mess.

many thanks!

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  1. Wouldn't a thermos work?

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    1. re: Karl S.

      Speaking from numerous church youth group outings as a teenager, those large drink coolers you often see on construction sites work just as well for hot things, plus they have a handy spigot on the bottom for dispensing. If you buy one, though, be wary of the new plastic taste. I was also going to recommend the crockpot.

      And if you make your own marshmallows, all I can say is, you go girl, and be sure to post a report.

      1. re: Jess

        oooh! Crock Pot! I knew there had to be some ideas out there. That sounds perfect, and gives me a chance to use the Crock Pot this year.

        Thank you.

        p.s. I have made plain marshmallows's not that hard. I had to do it after I ran out of the City Bakery Marshmallows I bought in NY. They ruined me for store-bought. It's the swirl that gives me pause!

    2. How about using a slow cooker, set on low, to keep it hot?

      1. Never made peppermint marshmallows with a swirl, but I've made peppermint marshmallows and they're outstanding. Really, homemade marshmallows are much, much better than the purchased variety. They're not hard at all,particularly if you have a stand mixer, and, though you will definitely end up a sugar mess, sugar dissolves in hot water, so clean-up isn't that bad. Do it.

        1. I've used one of those thermos pump pots (mine's from the 70's, so don't know how readily available they are). A thermos coffee carafe or crock pot, as an OP suggested, would work very well. If you use a thermos, fill it with hot water and let it sit a few minutes first - the pre-heating will help it keep your hot choc hotter longer.