"The Polar Express" has quickly become a favorite book in our house this season. Shortly after the main character boards the train he not only describes the scene inside, but the tastes of the treats available: "candies with nougat centers as white as snow" and "hot cocoa as thick and rich as melted chocolate bars". This inspired us to try to make some of our own.
[This Candy Bar Hot Chocolate recipe from Food.com came the closest I could find to the above description - I've tweaked it slightly.]
1/2 Cup Mini Marshmallows
1 Fun Size Package 3 Musketeers (8 mini wrapped bars)
1-2 C. Milk
[Yields: 2-3 small servings]
Cut candy bars into small pieces and place in microwave safe bowl (my kids loved this part, especially the youngest: he'd cut a piece, eat a piece, cut a piece, eat a piece . . . his sister (the rule follower) was not amused).
Heat in microwave until candy is melted (30 seconds to 1 minute).
Add 1/2 cup of milk and whisk until smooth. Add marshmallows and another half cup of milk. Heat in microwave another 30 seconds to 1 minute until marshmallows are almost melted. Stir until smooth. Add more milk (up to 1 cup more) for a thinner consistency.
Cool slightly, pour into mugs, open your copy of the Polar Express
. . . and enjoy! We were thrilled to discover that this recipe did in fact yield a hot chocolate that tasted like "melted candy bars". It's very rich and something that we will probably only make once a year - but so much fun to use our imagination to bring the book alive. Will you be making some too?