Hot Chocolate and a Movie
Now that Daylight Savings has kicked in, rendering us all sleepy before the 5 o’clock news even runs, we can indulge in a cozy tradition that truly is better when the sun goes down and the temperature plummets. Hot Chocolate and Movie Night!
We’re putting a delicious spin on the whole idea of Dinner and a Movie. Dessert and a Movie. More specifically, hot chocolate dessert and a movie. Yes, hot chocolate. It’s not just for mugs anymore. We’ve found some recipes that incorporate our favorite food in its powdered form, and when paired with movies that are either timeless or an instant classic, the result is nothing short of delicious!
When we were kids, who of us didn’t wish to see the flash of a golden ticket when we opened a candy bar? The whole concept of being one of being lucky enough to step inside a chocolate factory, and win a lifetime supply of chocolate, eclipsed that of the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, leprechauns. Heck, even Santa Claus himself paled in comparison to the lure of chocolate. And with the recent passing of our beloved Gene Wilder, the childhood classic has taken on a bittersweet tone of innocence and dreams coming true more than ever.
(For some of you younger whipper snappers out there, Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka might be the one you hold dear. And not to judge, but nothing beats Gene Wilder’s frizzy hair poking out from beneath his hat as he performs his surprise somersault for the masses. Classic.)
To increase your viewing pleasure, try this sweet and salty recipe alongside your favorite mug of cocoa.
Hot Chocolate Mix Recipes
- 8 cups popped plain popcorn
- 1 ¾ miniature marshmallows
- 1 (1.25-ounce) packet hot cocoa mix
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup butter
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- Place a large sheet of waxed paper onto a flat surface.
- Combine popcorn and 1 cup of the marshmallows in a bowl; set aside.
- Reserve 2 teaspoons of the hot cocoa mix. Combine remaining hot cocoa mix, ½ cup marshmallows, sugar, butter and corn syrup in nonstick 1 ½-quart saucepan. Cook 4-6 minutes over medium heat, stirring until mixture is melted and smooth.
- Microwave milk chocolate chips in bowl 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Drizzle over popcorn mixture. Let stand until set.
- Pour mixture from step 3 over popcorn and marshmallows; stir to coat. Immediately place popcorn mixture onto waxed paper; separate into small clumps. Sprinkle with reserved hot cocoa mix and remaining ¼ cup marshmallows.
- Place small clumps of covered popcorn into mugs for serving.
Yes, we know Frozen the movie doesn’t technically revolve around chocolate. But tell me Princess Elsa couldn’t have done with a silky smooth decadence to help her cope with her inconvenient ability to turn everything she touched to ice. So to pay homage to the delightful Disney movie, how about creating a Frozen dessert featuring Hot Chocolate? Sounds like an oxymoron, but we like to think that this is how the princess would take her cheesecake. Once you try a slice, you won’t want to let it go. Sorry…couldn’t resist. And neither will you!
- 22 Oreos (about 2 cups)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 6 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
- 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 6 milk chocolate flavored hot cocoa mixes with marshmallows
- 1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip, completely thawed
- ½ cup marshmallow fluff
- Optional garnish: Reddi Whip Spray
- In a food processor, process the Oreos to crumbs and pour those crumbs into a medium sized bowl.
- Melt the butter or margarine and mix with Oreo crumbs and sugar. Stir until a sticky dough is formed and then press the Oreo dough into the bottom of a springform pan. Press the crumbs throughout the bottom of the pan and a little up the sides.
- In the same bowl (fewer dishes!) you used to make the crust, put in the cream cheese. Using hand mixers, mix the cream cheese for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Slowly add in the sweetened condensed milk and continue to mix with the hand mixers for about 3-4 minutes.
- Using a spatula scrape down the sides and continue to mix for another minute. Turn off the mixers and pour in one packet of hot chocolate. Stir the hot chocolate until incorporated and then add in the next packet. Repeat this step until all six hot chocolate packets are incorporated into the mixture.
- With the spatula, fold in the cool whip until it is completely incorporated. Be careful to not overmix the cool whip with the rest of the ingredients.
- Then mix in the marshmallow fluff, so it swirls around with the rest of the ingredients. Barely mix in the fluff, so there are marshmallow ribbons throughout the pie.
- Pour the mixture into the pan on top of the Oreo crust.
- Freeze overnight or for at least 8 hours. Thaw for about 10 minutes before serving and return any leftovers to the freezer after served.
And finally, a film that conveys how tempting, and redeeming, chocolate can be. Sure, having a film about chocolate that also stars Johnny Depp is almost unfair in its seduction, but sometimes indulgence is the only want to satisfy a craving. And when you throw in a recipe for hot chocolate cookies, you might as well resign yourself to the fact that it’s going to be a long, sinfully enjoyable evening. And to you, we say, Bon Appetit!
- 1 ¼ cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ¼ cups flour
- 4 packages (or ¾ cups) hot cocoa mix
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with standing mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
- Combine next 4 ingredients. Gradually beat into butter mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Cover and chill 1 hour.
- Drop 2 tablespoons dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets.
- Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and cool.
Remember, you can also create a more grown-up evening by trying out one of our spiked hot chocolate recipes to go along with your new hot chocolate mix desserts. However, you like to treat yourself, here at Caldo Chocolate we always encourage you to savor the pleasurable moments to make them last long after the credits finish rolling.
Also published on Medium.