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updated 1/23/2013 3:46:36 PM ET 2013-01-23T20:46:36

Recipe: White hot chocolate with marshmallow stirrers

  • Marshmallow stirrers
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, such as Ghiradelli (about 6 ounces)
  • 8 marshmallows
  • Special equipment: Eight 6-inch-long lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • Hot chocolate
  • 6 cups vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk, such as Almond Breeze, or 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 12 ounces white chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped or broken into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon agave

For the stirrers: Line a small baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Place the chocolate in a small bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Insert a lollipop stick into each marshmallow. Dip the marshmallows into the chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Place on the prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate has set, 20 minutes.

For the hot chocolate: Whisk together the almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg in a 5-quart saucepan. Bring to just below a boil over medium-high heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the white chocolate and agave. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, 2 minutes. Keep warm over low heat until ready to serve.

Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and stir with the marshmallow stirrers.

Serving Size

Makes 8 servings

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    >> check in with you in a little bit and explain what we're about to drink.

    >> why don't we explain that now?

    >> al, it's, what, 10 degrees outside?

    >> windchill near zero.

    >> this is my white hot chocolate made with almond milk . you can make it with regular milk.

    >> sounds healthy.

    >> with agave.

    >> it has like chocolate in it. marshmallows. you like that, savannah.

    >> i do.

    >> you should be okay.

    >> marshmallow on a stick?

    >> you dip the marshmalloow in it. as you eat it, the chocolate melts.

    >> oh, look at al.

    >> i don't like the white chocolate .

    >> he didn't want to taste it. he doesn't like hot chocolate .

    >> i like hot chocolate but not white chocolate .

    >> white chocolate is delicious.

    >> excuse me for having no taste.

    >> you take a marshmallow, popsicle stick in it, dip it in chocolate.

    >> and now you're a dip stick.

    >> and let it harden. and al just finish the story. it increases your serontonin, i'm told.

    >> he has a logical issue now.

    >> i went all in.

    >> turn the fan up.

    >> it controls your mood swings because it elevates your serontonin.

    >> have you heard about mood swings ?

    >> yes, i have.

    >> she looked me right in the eye when she said mood swings .

    >>> as we finish our hot chocolate , take two. beyonce , was she lip syncing , not lip syncing "the star spangled banner " yesterday? you said it was your favorite moment.

    >> not knowing but it's still my favorite moment.

    >> let's watch it one more time. for the land of the free and the home of the brave the brave

    >> you really nailed it.

    >> sold it.

    >> saust to say for the record, if she was lip syncing , she is an incredible faker. veins coming out.

    >> i don't like the word faker.

    >> i don't think she's faking. she's somewhat singing. i think it's an audio enhanced track.

    >> it might have been backup. because she wasn't feeling well.

    >> a prerecorded track, which a lot of artists do, by the way.

    >> sure.

    >> no surprise there. this is no milli vanilli incident.

    >> you think she was singing a little bit, singing with herself and they cranked that up higher?

    >> right. remember i told you yesterday the story of the photographer on the platform, and she was coughing, beyonce was coughing before and after? maybe she wasn't feeling good. we haven't heard her side of the story yet. i wonder if she is going to say something about this.

    >> i think that because she's such an amazing singer, we expect that she is just going to belt it out and it's going to be perfect every time. and i think that when you're outside -- yeah, when you're outside, it's very cold. it can affect your vocal cords. many would be talking about it if she didn't hit the notes. she's so talented we just expect it.

    >> if there is any issue at all -- i'm not sure that there is -- it's about transparency. she said i'm not feeling that great. obviously not in the moment. oh, excuse me, let me just interrupt.

    >> put that out so the people understood.

    >> maybe she will say something after the fact now.

    >> in the great scheme of things, really?

    >> she also sang that track. that is her voice.

    >> right.

    >> it's beautiful.

    >> it is her singing. we know she can sing.

    >> it's not like manti te'o's girlfriend lip syncing .

    >> very good. he is very good.

    >> which would have just been like --

    >> or any of us for that matter.

    >> it's fun to talk about this fake controversy. the country will move forward.

    >> there's no denying her talent and beyonce is going to be amazing at the super bowl .

    >> of course.

    >> she'll be singing live for sure. i'll be watching it.

    >> in no way dimminishes her -- i came across the revelation that whitney houston , 1991 super bowl .

    >> she lip synced.

    >> you're kidding.

    >> i was destroyed.

    >> i didn't know that either.

    >> were you really?

    >> destroyed?

    >> i was devastated.

    >> that's the thing. if we had not known, would it have changed the moment?

    >> no.

    >> no.

    >> it was the greatest moment.

    >> let's move on.

    >> we just really want to -- never mind.

    >> everybody needs to let it go.

    >> what happened there? what happened?

    >> it happened.

    >> it doesn't happen a lot.

    >> seven second delay.

    >> the little man inside just -- oh, no, no.

    >> some thoughts don't need to be expressed.

    >> so much for that.

    >>> take three really cool inauguration photos which we're just getting. pete souza tweeted a link to the gallery of pictures we haven't seen yet. we saw some in the press over the last couple of days. these are more behind the scenes from official photographers. you see him there speaking to house speaker john boehner during the ceremonies beforehand. and some really cool shots. you get the scope and the size of the crowd.

    >> this one, i love that.

    >> great shot.

    >> this is the one where he said he wanted to look at this one more time because he's never going to see this sight again.

    >> pete souza gets some good access.

    >> willie, did you go, too?

    >> yes.

    >> you did?

    >> don't worry about --

    >> i knew the other three were there. i wasn't sure about you.

    >> boom!

    >> i was there.

    >> out in the cold all day.

    >> i was standing in the cold for 12 hours in the parade route while you were sipping white hot chocolate .

    >> i'm going to say, i didn't see any photos.

    >> thank you, natalie.

    >> i've never been to the obama white house . i'm kind of jealous, i have to say.

    >> you should cook for them at some point.

    >> i haven't had the opportunity.

    >> you cooked for the royals. white house , she needs an invitation.

    >> i can make some good --

    >> can you make dirt? that brings us to our next take. dishing the dirt. there's this french restaurant in tokyo known for using seafood and produce and also now dirt, central ingredient. this is like a good, well-known, renowned restaurant. on the menu they have things like dirt dressing on the salad.

    >> yep. dirt ice cream .

    >> for dessert. they put sediment in with the clams they serve.

    >> it's not just any dirt, by the way.

    >> not weird.

    >> very composted black dirt.

    >> it makes it cool. i'm thinking, you know, in the world that we live in at this point, wouldn't it be great if the compost could turn into something that we could actually reuse?

    >> see, this is nothing new. we used to have this at the old nbc commentary. you could eat dirt cheap. fantastic.

    >> so isn't dessert supposed to be tasty?

    >> love it, al.

    >> it doesn't taste like dirt.

    >> it has a lot of minerals in it. savannah's face is like -- my next cooking segment is going to be dirt, me and you, baby.

    >> we're going to make dirt.

    >> stuffed peppers with dirt.

    >> is this a common thing?

    >> i've never cookd with dirt. boy, do i want some now. texture, crumplinginess. craziest thing i've ever eaten? in china.

    >> i had fried scorpions.

    >> crickets in london.

    >> it was good.

    >> yeah, good.

    >> meredith was force feeding me the crickets.

    >> is that a cricket?

    >> i ate a cricket.

    >> anything on them?

    >> soy sauce. that made it taste salty.

    >> chicken nuggets .

    >> salty. meredith ate it all then she felt terrible.

    >> she did?

    >> you should try frog.

    >> no.

    >> i don't like frog. i don't want to eat the poor guy guys.

    >> savannah.

    >> frogs stay in their area, i'll stay in mine. we'll all be fine.

    >> minnesota state fair , deep fried spam nuggets.

    >> ooh.

    >> dip them in the sauce.

    >> i had spam sushi in hawaii. it's delicious.

    >> it's not sushi. spam on rice.

    >> i'm telling you what they call it.

    >> yeah, okay. you know what they call you? sucker!

    >> i'm going to bring bri it back to you. it's delicious.

    >> that would have been another good internal edit maybe.

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