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We’re a few days into our advent activities and luckily, yesterday’s activity was to bake Christmas cookies. I knew hot chocolate would be required, it always is at the end of an afternoon of Christmas cookie baking while we sample our efforts. But little did my Little Buddy know that I had THIS in mind when planning out our hot chocolate and cookie eating afternoon. This over the top hot chocolate!

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And oh boy – is it over the top!

I truly don’t believe any other hot chocolate with plain ol’ marshmallows will do from this point forward.

His eyes became as big as saucers when I carried the tray of mugs and cookies to the living room as he organized a stack of Christmas movies in the order he wanted to watch them.

I used my trusty recipe for hot chocolate mix since we keep it on hand all the time, popped in candy canes as stir sticks, and then topped each of our mugs with a couple of tablespoons of marshmallow fluff. Then, using the back of the spoon, I spread the marshmallow fluff until it reached the edges of the mug. Then, using my little kitchen torch that I use for creme brulee and whatnot, I toasted the the marshmallow fluff until it looked just right.

In about 3 minutes, I had created a magical concoction that he’s soon not to forget.

Not to be disrespectful, but I really don’t think Mrs. Claus has anything on me with these.

Rather than using the candy cane in these, you may want to use a straw – a red and white stripey one would be fun! While the candy cane works perfectly for making a peppermint flavored hot chocolate, you’ll definitely want a straw to sip through all of that toasted marshmallow fluff topping. Of course, you can always have both! This is over the top, right?

If you don’t have a kitchen torch to toast your marshmallow topping, you can line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a grouping of large marshmallows together for the number of cups of hot chocolate you are serving. Then, toast the marshmallows under the broiler for just a little bit to get a little brown on them and melt together a bit. Now, carefully with a spatula, transfer the toasted marshmallows “cloud” onto the top of your hot chocolate mug.

Here’s the recipe, if you can call it that, for my Over the Top Hot Chocolate. Be sure to let me know if you make it and what you think!

4 from 1 vote

Over the Top Hot Chocolate Recipe

Drink 3 mins

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Servings 1
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Hot Chocolate reaches a whole new level with this Over the Top Hot Chocolate.


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe
  • 2 tablespoons marshmallow fluff
  • candy cane optional


  • Heat one cup of whole milk and mix in homemade hot chocolate mix. Stir until well-dissolved. Top mug with marshmallow fluff, spreading to the edges of the mug with the back of a spoon.
  • Carefully toast the marshmallow fluff with a kitchen torch (optional)
  • Insert a straw and/ or candy cane (optional) for serving

Nutritional Information

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 355mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 408IU | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg

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Robyn xo

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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  1. 4 stars
    Sitting together around the fireplace, plopping toasted marshmallows into our hot cocoa! Your toasted marshmallow idea is worth making the real hot cocoa: mix 1 t unsweetened cocoa powder with 2 t sugar in a mug. Add 1 T milk, stir, then while stirring, fill the mug with milk and microwave until hot. Stir, add vanilla, cinnamon, and or a peppermint stick before topping with toasted marshmallow.

  2. Awesome; makes the hot chocolate more interesting and unpredictable. The peppermint thing is a good idea. Which do you think will go well with this, some drops of peppermint oil or a pinch of peppermint crunch?

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