A hot chocolate on Christmas Eve is a must and kids (as well as big kids) are going to love this Christmas Snowman Hot Chocolate. So easy to make and decorate, and they taste much more indulgent than they actually are.
This might just be the cutest recipe we have ever posted. Every time I look at one of the photos it makes me go 'awwwh'. And then I get a massive craving for this creamy hot chocolate.
The super adorable snowmen that top these hot chocolates are so easy to make. You just need a couple of giant marshmallows, some chocolate sticks and a little tube of decoration icing to give them some personality. Kids are going to love decorating their own and adding silly faces.
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Why you will love it
- A lighter hot chocolate - This snowman hot chocolate tasted far more indulgent than it actually is. We have used skimmed milk and reduce fat coconut milk to make this a lighter hot chocolate.
- Perfect for Christmas Eve - When you are all snuggling down to watch a film on Christmas Eve, this is the perfect drink to go alongside it.
- Kids love them - Not only will kids love drinking these, but they will love making them and decorating their own faces.
- Milk - We used skimmed milk to keep this lighter, however you could use whole milk which would make it thicker and creamier. You could also swap it for cashew or almond milk for a dairy free alternative.
- Coconut milk - This is what makes it taste really indulgent and thicken it up. It doesn't give it too much of a coconut flavour either. We used reduced fat coconut milk, but you could use full fat for a creamier hot chocolate.
- Honey - This is what we used to sweeten it. Feel free to adjust the amount used depending on how sweet you like it. You could use maple syrup instead if you wanted a vegan version.
- Cocoa powder - This is what gives it all the chocolatey flavour. Try to use the best quality one you can, as you will really taste the difference. You could use a hot chocolate powder mix if you prefer.
- Marshmallows - This makes up the body of the snowman. We used giant marshmallows so they sit nicely on the mug. To keep this gluten free, make sure you use gluten free marshmallows. Keep it vegetarian by using vegetarian ones.
- Chocolate sticks - You can use something like mikado or matchmakers, and they keep the marshmallows together to make a body and then they make the arms too.
- Chocolate Icing - Give your snowmen some character by drawing some faces on with chocolate icing.
- Squirty cream - This is optional, but we put this on the hot chocolate so the snowman can sit on it, like a fluffy cloud of snow.
A full ingredients list with measurements is in the recipe card below.
Step by step
One: Pour the skimmed milk and coconut milk in to a pan and bring to the boil. Stir in the cocoa powder and honey and simmer for 5 minutes.
Two: Get four large marshmallows and two chocolate sticks.
Three: Decorate two marshmallows with a face. Decorate the other marshmallows with buttons.
Four: Make the snowmen by breaking the chocolate sticks in half and sticking them in to one marshmallow like arms.
Five: Pour hot chocolate in to mugs and top with squirty cream and marshmallow snowmen.
Why not make this even more festive by mixing some cinnamon and ground ginger in to the mixture when it is heating. Or, make flavoured hot chocolates like orange or peppermint by using some extract.
This hot chocolate recipe is all about the snowman marshmallows. I have been seeing these doing the rounds on Pinterest for years, so we had to try making our own and they are so easy, but really make a hot chocolate extra festive.
If you want to get kids involved in the kitchen this Christmas, then this is a great recipe to start with as it's easy for them to add the arms and decorate the face.
We did add some squirty cream (the light version) for the photos and added a spray of edible gold glitter, but you can skip that part and just put the marshmallow snowmen straight on top of the hot chocolate. Chocolate chips make perfect little noses.
What to serve with Snowman Hot Chocolates
These hot chocolates are the perfect afternoon pick me up with a sweet treat. Why not try one of these delicious desserts:
- Healthy Apple Pie
- Peanut Butter Banana Muffins
- Chocolate Flapjacks
- Banana Oat Muffins
- Orange Drizzle Cake
- Almond Butter Cookies
- Banana Cake
Frequently asked questions
You can use any hot chocolate you like here, but we have included our recipe for a lighter hot chocolate. It uses skimmed milk, unsweetened cocoa powder and we have sweetened it with a little honey.
You can use a dairy free milk like almond, cashew or oat and then swap the honey for maple syrup. Make sure to use vegan marshmallows and chocolate sticks.
If you have some hot chocolate leftover, leave it to cool and then store in a jar with a lid on or a container and keep it in the fridge until the next day. Reheat it in a pan.
• Make it extra festive by adding some cinnamon and ground ginger to the mixture when heating.
• You can make these flavoured hot chocolates by using some peppermint or orange extract.
• We have made these a little more indulgent by adding squirty cream, but you could leave it out.
• Make these vegan by using almond milk and vegan marshmallows.
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Christmas Snowman Hot Chocolate
- 400 ml Skimmed milk
- 100 ml Light coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon Honey
- 2 tablespoon Cocoa powder
- 4 Marshmallows - large
- 2 Chocolate sticks (eg: Matchmakers, Mikado etc) - broken in half
- Chocolate icing
- Squirty cream - (optional)
- Pour the skimmed milk and coconut milk in to a saucepan and bring to the boil.400 ml Skimmed milk, 100 ml Light coconut milk
- Stir in the cocoa powder and honey and turn down to a simmer for 5 minutes.2 tablespoon Cocoa powder, 2 tablespoon Honey
- Pour in to mugs and decorate with the cream, marshmallows, chocolate sticks and icing to make the snowmen.4 Marshmallows, 2 Chocolate sticks (eg: Matchmakers, Mikado etc), Squirty cream, Chocolate icing
- Make it extra festive by adding some cinnamon and ground ginger to the mixture when heating.
- You can make these flavoured hot chocolates by using some peppermint or orange extract.
- We have made these a little more indulgent by adding squirty cream, but you could leave it out.
- Make these vegan by using almond milk and vegan marshmallows.