I saw a post with hot cocoa squares and homemade marshmallows – yum!  But I wanted my kids to get in on the fun, since I’ll be using these as gifts for their teachers this year.  So I added the package marshmallow with the “painted” on face.

If you prefer the regular size marshmallows, you can package them in their own separate bag to keep them from moving around and getting smudged by the chocolate.

Hot Chocolate Squares Adapted from here

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, chopped

1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

pinch of salt

Line an 8 inch pan with parchment – the parchment should be covering the bottom and sides.  Set aside.

Heat the cream and milk together until very warm, but not boiling.  Remove from heat and add the chocolates.  Let set for a few minutes, then stir until combined.

Place back on the heat and whisk until the chocolate is thick and glossy, add vanilla and salt.

Pour the thickened chocolate into the parchment-lined pan and let set out until cool – about 30 minutes.  Place in the refrigerator overnight.

Cut into squares – I like mine big so I cut them into 2 x 3 inch squares.  Store in the refrigerator for 1 week, or freeze them for a couple of months.

To make the hot chocolate, add one cube to 1 cup of milk and heat slowly on the stove whisking frequently.  Top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream (to cool it down for the kids) and the marshmallow(s)!