Red Wine Marshmallows Dipped in Red Wine Chocolate

Red Wine hot chocolate has been making quite the stir on social media in 2016/2017. At times it felt like I saw a new recipe for red wine hot chocolate about every day. So much so that I almost tried to make a red wine coffee cocktail. I still haven't tried it and am still convinced this could be a delicious drink to sip on after a great meal. Maybe I'll give it a try this weekend and if it pans out the way I hope I'll post it here for you all to enjoy. I kept seeing this cocktail pop up on my feed and every time I would think of my favorite part of hot chocolate, the marshmallows. 

I love marshmallows. In every form they come in, I think they are great. Especially the marshmallow fluff variety.  I was once on a date and the waiter came to tell us of the dessert options. Something fruity, or something topped with marshmallows. My ex immediately told the waiter we'd have the toasted marshmallow topped option. I won't call it love at first marshmallow order... but... 

It was for one of my old clients that I actually first made my own marshmallows. I don't know what truly motivated me to raise my hand for this task, but I found out how simple and delicious the process is I knew I'd never be able to turn back to store bought brands. 

When you take my love of marshmallows and a trend that just won't quit, you get a delicious marshmallow to put in your hot chocolate or to enjoy with your Gals or Guy for Valentines Day. 

*Shout out to The Gastronom blog for re-inspiring my love of boozy marshmallows.*

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RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

Note: Adapted from liquor.com's Adult Marshmallow recipe
For Marshmallows
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
8 tablespoons water
1/3 cup red wine
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
powdered sugar - as needed

For Chocolate Coating (increase as needed)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tablespoon red wine

INSTRUCTIONS

To Make The Marshmallows
Coat a 11x17in pan with cooking spray and powdered sugar. (Note: you can increase or decrease pan size as needed for increased/decreased depth in marshmallows) Make sure all of your corners get covered. 
In a small saucepan mix water and gelatin until gelled together. Once gelled, turn heat on to a medium temp and mix in red wine. Turn the heat up and bring the mixture to a boil. THen remove from heat. 
Transfer the mixture into a bowl (preferably you have a stand mixture. But if you're like me I just grab my largest mixing bowl. The higher the walls of the bowl, the better.) 
Let your mixture cool down for 2-3 minutes.
Once cooled use your mixer + whisk attachment at a medium-high speed for 15+ minutes. You will watch the mixture become fluffy and light pink/purple from the wine. 
Pour your mixture into the prepped 11x17in pan. Use a spatula to get as much of the mix into your pan. 
Cover your pan with saran wrap and wait 4+ hours for your mallows to set. 
Once set, use a knife to cut your marshmallows. I usually dip my marsh in powdered sugar since they can be quite sticky. 
Dip marshmallows in chocolate as desired.

To Make the Chocolate
Melt your chocolate in the microwave. Take out and add in red wine. Heat in microwave for a few more seconds and then stir will.
Dip marshmallows in chocolate as desired. 

Enjoy!
Jacque