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Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate complete with snowman marshmallows, because…’tis the season! Steamed coconut milk, sweet chocolate, hints of coconut, and flavored with real vanilla. This cocoa is creamy, rich, perfectly sweet, and best enjoyed with a large helping of whipped cream and a side of snowman marshmallows. Perfect for sipping while trimming the tree. And the best part? This recipe is SIMPLE, with only six pantry staple ingredients.

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The coziest mug of hot cocoa…for your Black Friday lounging…of course!

Hoping you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families!! I know so many of you made recipes from HBH. I’ve been loving taking a peek at your dishes on Instagram. It’s always so fun to see what everyone is making!! I’m feeling extra thankful for you all today!!

And to thank you for your support? A mug of delicious steaming hot cocoa!

I have to admit, I spent a lot of time thinking about what would be the perfect post to share with you all today. I went back and forth with a few ideas, as I always do. But in the end, my heart set on this sweet mug of hot chocolate. It’s the best way to officially welcome in the holiday season, and all the decorating, holiday music, baking, and time with friends and family that’s to come.

It’s also especially perfect if you happen to be trimming the tree and decking the halls today like I am. Yes, I’m skipping the Black Friday crowds and instead, spending the day inside decorating. I’m much more of a Cyber Monday person anyway!

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snowman marshmallow

Here’s the story behind this coconut hot cocoa…

First, it started with a picture in my head. I wanted so badly to create the creamiest mug of hot chocolate for the coziest season. Something that felt decadent, but wasn’t overly sweet or heavy. Enter in canned coconut milk, the key ingredient to my extra creamy hot cocoa.

You can use lite or regular coconut milk, either way, you’ll get the creamiest hot chocolate that’s perfectly hinted with coconut. It’s not overpowering but instead is subtle and delicious.

In addition to the coconut milk, you’ll need real maple syrup, cocoa, semi-sweet or dark chocolate, and vanilla. All pantry staples. All delicious when combined together. 

Mix all the ingredients in a pot and warm until steaming. Then just ladle into mugs…

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But first, you’ll need snowman marshmallows…

Yes, snowman marshmallows. They are the cutest little dudes, the easiest to create, and you do indeed need them.

I will admit that for the everyday mug of hot chocolate, I skip the marshmallows. To be honest, they’ve never been my favorite as they are pretty sweet. But as with most things, they have their time and place. And if there’s ever a time to indulge, it’s now.

So, I give you these cute little snowman marshmallows. They consist of three regular old marshmallows, a pretzel stick, melted chocolate, one sprig of rosemary, and a sweet mini meringue cookie. That’s it. Simply thread the marshmallows onto the pretzel sticks, add a face and buttons with melted chocolate, tie on a “rosemary” scarf, and then finish him off with a peppermint top hat.

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So easy, so cute, so fun…and so delicious in your coconut hot chocolate.

Each mug of warm cocoa is thick, creamy, perfectly sweet, and heavy on the chocolate. One thing to keep in mind though, the hot chocolate itself is not overly sweet. Personally, I usually make it even less sweet by omitting the maple syrup and only using the chocolate to sweeten things up. If you can handle a less sweet mug of hot cocoa, I’d recommenced only adding the maple syrup to your taste. If you’ll be adding the marshmallows, remember that those will also sweeten this up quite a bit. So be sure to adjust the maple syrup to your preferred taste!

Question: are you more of a whipped cream or marshmallow person when it comes to hot chocolate? Or are you both? I’m all about whipped cream…except in December…the month you just go with BOTH.

So what’s your pick? Whipped cream? Marshmallows? Both?

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A few notes…

You can easily make this vegan by using vegan chocolate chips and vegan marshmallows.

If you’d like to make this in the slow cooker, that works well too. I’ve given you those directions as well!

And finally, if you need something sweet to warm things up today (or anytime this coming December), make this hot chocolate. It’s universally loved by all, no matter their age.

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PS. if you’re looking for a vanilla mocha hot cocoa, try this!

If you make this creamy coconut hot chocolate, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Creamy Coconut Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 1082 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Ingredients

Snowman Marshmallows

  • regular marshmallows
  • pretzel sticks
  • rosemary sprigs
  • melted chocolate
  • peppermint meringue cookies

Instructions

Stove-Top

  • 1. Add the coconut milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt to a large pot. Place the pot over medium low heat until the milk is scalding, but not boiling. Be sure to stir the pot often to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom and burning.
    2. Once the hot cocoa is steaming, ladle into mugs, dollop with whipped cream, and top with marshmallows, if desired. Drink and enjoy!

Slow Cooker

  • 1. Add the coconut milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt to the bowl of your crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Switch to warm until ready to serve, up to 2 more hours. 

Snowman Marshmallows

  • 1. Slide 1 marshmallow onto the middle of a pretzel stick. Press another marshmallow onto the bottom end of the pretzel stick. Tie the rosemary sprig around the top portion to the pretzel, then slide another marshmallow onto the pretzel to secure the rosemary. You should have 3 pretzels lined up with a "rosemary scarf". Lay the snowman down flat on a parchment lined baking sheet (see above photos).
    2. Spoon the melted chocolate into a small ziplock bag and snip a very small portion of the corner off. Using the chocolate, draw the snowman, eyes, a nose, a smile, and buttons. Dollop a small amount of melted chocolate on top of the snowman's head. Press a meringue cookie into the chocolate. Chill in the fridge until the chocolate is firm, 10 minutes.
    3. Use the marshmallows however you please! They keep well in a sealed container for up to a month. If storing longer than a day, skip the rosemary.
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  1. The cups are by Polish Pottery Boleslawiec Christmas Coffee/Soup Cups. They also have cute ones with reindeer and pine trees. Ebay, Poshmark, etc.

  2. 5 stars
    I made a half-batch ‘test run’ of this last night to see if I wanted to use it for my Hot Cocoa Bar at a holiday party on Friday night. This recipe is super rich and creamy. Total decadence but so easy it was done in minutes. I have a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and I used that as the maple syrup… WOW! I love everything coconut so the hint of coconut flavor was perfect but it would also be OK for people who don’t care for coconut because I think if you don’t tell them it is made with coconut milk they’ll never be able to tell. I didn’t make the snowmen, but I am definitely going to do that for Friday! Thank you for another amazing recipe.

    1. Hi Denise! I am so glad this turned out so well! Thank you so much! I hope everyone loves this at your holiday party! xTieghan

    1. Hey Leigh! I picked these up at Whole Foods. They make them in our local store! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Sounds like my recipe. I need to write a cookbook, lol. And build a snowman. What a cute idea. Definitely a whipped cream girl, but will do this for the grandkids! With a drop of peppermint oil ?

    1. Hi Clare! They should be in my shop page on the site under the kitchen tab! Let me know if you cannot find them though!! xTieghan

  4. Hi 🙂 I really love looking through your recipes though I haven’t made any as it. Since this is your most recent post I figured you would be more likely to see this comment. I have a question about your One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo… what can I subsitute for white wine while cooking in general? Grape juice? Or can you use really cheap sparking wine? I tried looking through the comments underneath but there are so many of them.

    1. HI! I would recommend subbing apple juice, apple cider, or even just chicken broth. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  5. I LOVE marshmallows. I know they are not healthy but, I have always loved them. Even the 7 minute frosting is my favorite. I actually have never had whipped cream on hot chocolate. Cute snowmen!