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Hot Chocolate: Marshmallow or Whipped Cream?

For you people who enjoy hot chocolate or hot cocoa, do you prefer to add marshmallow and whipped cream? If so, which one? and why?

I enjoy hot chocolate in various forms. I like it creamy sometime and I like it thin and chocolaty other times. Between marshmallow and whipped cream, I think I enjoy whipped cream slightly more, but I am ok either way and usually I drink mine without either.

Another thing, why do people insist on using 2% or 1% low fat milk for their hot chocolate if they are going to add whipped cream and marshmallow?

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  1. none of the above... good milk, good sweetener and good chocolate is enough!

    1. neither. I would rather have a bigger size of the hot chocolate than waste calories on marshmallow (yuck) or whipped cream.

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          1. re: iluvcookies

            me too, after the whipped cream melts a little I add the marshmallows.

        1. If someone were worried about fat and not sugar, they might go for 1% milk and marshmallows, but whipped cream would make no sense.

          1. For me it depends on the chocolate. For dark chocolate, I prefer whipped cream. For a milk chocolate, I prefer marshmallows.
            My hot chocolate is made with skim milk because it's what I keep on hand, but I wouldn't insist on it if someone else were making the drink.
            Mmmm, think I must go turn down the a/c and make some hot chocolate now.

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            1. re: hippiechickinsing

              "turn down the a/c and make some hot chocolate now"

              heh heh heh

            2. Whipped cream; it's a better match for the Bailey's or rum I'm adding to it. :)

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              1. re: mcsheridan

                Wow. Alcohol with chocolate. I didn't think of that. Wait... Isn't that like Mudslide the drink?

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Never drink Mudslides. I heard coffee (or coffee liqueur) is involved...and I HATE Coffee!
                  Soooooooo....for those of us shunning coffee and feeling left out when friends order Irish Coffee, These are two Great alternatives.
                  I first had hot chocolate with rum and whipped cream on a damp chilly day in Amsterdam in the middle of the day. Delightful.
                  A friend put the Bailey's in our hot chocolate at a Xmas party a couple of years ago (t'was a surprise). Marrrrrrrrrvelous.

                  1. re: mcsheridan

                    <<Soooooooo....for those of us shunning coffee and feeling left out when friends order Irish Coffee...>>

                    Here is a third alternative: "Hot Apple Pie"--Tuaca with hot cider, topped with whipped cream. Yum!

                    I could party with you, mcsheridan. ;)

                2. re: mcsheridan

                  Skip the whipped cream and head straight for the Buttershots. HOOOO-AHHHHHHHH!

                  Really, truly, I usually take my chocolate straight--either 1/2 and 1/2 Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate & White Mocha, or...

                  Here is the ultimate ring-my-bell sensation--Jacques Torres Classic.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653094
                  JT needs absolutely nothing but hot milk, a whisk and the JT mix. Maybe cinnamon if you roll that way.

                  But if you're just making good ol' old school chocolate, try the Buttershots. :) You can thank me later.

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    Buttershots? Buttershots is a alcoholic drink. You want me to put alcohol in my hot chocolate?

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      <You want me to put alcohol in my hot chocolate?>
                      Unless you don't drink alcohol, YEAH, BABY! I highly recommend it! :) Two great tastes that taste great together and all...

                      http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductDeta...

                      1. re: kattyeyes

                        I like alcohol, beers, shots and all, but I feel like hot chocolate and alcohol don't go together very well.

                        Hot chocolate is a comfort drink to me, which reminds me when I was young and when my mom and dad can take care of everything.

                        Alcoholic drink is like a party-all-night-long beverage, which symbolizes "screaming at strangers" and "running naked on campus" and "Dude, I want to time travel!" fun.

                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          Hey, don't knock it till you've tried it. No one asked you to drink the whole bottle. A glug of Buttershots (or Bailey's or rum, as mcsheridan suggested) in a hot chocolate shouldn't elicit nudity or screaming at strangers unless you drink several servings.

                          1. re: kattyeyes

                            Not knocking it. So I mix the Buttershots into a cold or hot chocolate drink? I have been told that mudslide is not a guy drink. Is your Buttershots-chocolate drink socially acceptable for a guy to drink?

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              I recommend adding it to *hot* chocolate. As to your "socially acceptable" question, one of my male friends introduced me to Buttershots in HC. If you're concerned about it, you could always enjoy it in the privacy of your own home. ;)

                          2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                            Spiked Hot Chocolate is not something you're going to have more than one of...Unless it's a Really, Really, Long and Cold Night. ;)

                            And it's not for everyday, every time hot chocolate...and Certainly not for the cup on the way to, or at, the office.

                            But at home...at a party...at a restaurant. Why not?

                      2. re: kattyeyes

                        Mmmmmmmmm....You got butterscotch in my chocolate! You got chocolate on my butterscotch. Two great flavors. I *must* try this. Thanks :)

                    2. whipped cream, a splash of milk, and some peppermint -yummy

                      1. Dark Hot chocolate with whole milk straight up, no creamy whipped cream or sticky marshmallows, but perhaps a shot of Bailey's or Kahlua, or cherry schnapps or orange liquor or........?

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                          1. re: mcsheridan

                            Oh, god, yeah...I LURVE Vandermint.

                        1. whipped cream over marshmallows, though neither is strictly needed

                          1. My mom used marshmallow fluff when we were kids; now that I'm grown, I prefer a little Kahlua, Gran Marnier, or Peppermint Schnappes, all topped with whipped cream.

                            1. Marshmallow. Period. I'm surprised I'm the only one who feels this way.

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                              1. re: EWSflash

                                I am totally with you on the marshmallows, there is no other way to go for me. There is nothing quite like the gooey outside of a marshmallow that has been sitting in a hot cup of cocoa!