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Hot Chocolate: Marshmallow or Whipped Cream?

Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 07:57 AM

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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    Maximilien Nov 23, 2009 08:02 AM

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

    1. hala Nov 23, 2009 11:58 AM

      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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        laliz Nov 23, 2009 12:21 PM

        I agree w/hala

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        Angela Roberta Nov 23, 2009 12:52 PM

        Both.

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          iluvcookies Nov 24, 2009 06:18 AM

          Yes to both :)

          1. re: iluvcookies
            free sample addict aka Tracy L Nov 26, 2009 04:26 PM

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

        2. visciole Nov 23, 2009 12:54 PM

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

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            hippiechickinsing Nov 23, 2009 03:43 PM

            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
              Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 03:51 PM

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

              heh heh heh

            2. mcsheridan Nov 23, 2009 04:55 PM

              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
                Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 05:18 PM

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

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                  mcsheridan Nov 25, 2009 07:06 PM

                  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
                    kattyeyes Nov 25, 2009 07:14 PM

                    <<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
                  kattyeyes Nov 23, 2009 05:46 PM

                  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
                    Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 06:00 PM

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

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                      kattyeyes Nov 23, 2009 06:07 PM

                      <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
                        Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 06:14 PM

                        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
                          kattyeyes Nov 23, 2009 06:30 PM

                          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
                            Chemicalkinetics Nov 23, 2009 07:11 PM

                            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
                              kattyeyes Nov 24, 2009 05:21 AM

                              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
                            mcsheridan Nov 25, 2009 07:08 PM

                            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
                        mcsheridan Nov 25, 2009 07:06 PM

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

                    2. hotteacher1976 Nov 23, 2009 05:52 PM

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

                      1. Cherylptw Nov 23, 2009 08:19 PM

                        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: Cherylptw
                          mcsheridan Nov 25, 2009 07:08 PM

                          Vandermint! Yippee!

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                            kattyeyes Nov 25, 2009 07:15 PM

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

                        2. thew Nov 24, 2009 05:34 AM

                          whipped cream over marshmallows, though neither is strictly needed

                          1. bushwickgirl Nov 28, 2009 03:28 AM

                            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. EWSflash Nov 28, 2009 06:37 AM

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

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                                contessa15 Nov 28, 2009 06:50 AM

                                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!

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