Cold weather calls for cozy past times like snuggling under your favorite blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. While you would probably expect that mug of hot chocolate to be a rich brown color, if you came over to our house you would find something quite different in your mug. A mellow green matcha white hot chocolate is what you would have the pleasure of drinking if we had the chance to serve you this winter – and let me tell you, your tastebuds would be so delighted!
Ever since matcha became a daily part of our life, we have enjoyed it in so many different ways. Drinking matcha as a white hot chocolate has got to be one of our absolute favorite ways to experience our beloved green tea. In fact, everyone we have served this to has been totally amazed at the incredible flavor combination of matcha and white chocolate. To be totally honest, neither me nor my hubby have even desired a traditional cup of hot chocolate ever since we tasted matcha white hot chocolate – it really is that good!
The process of making a mug of matcha white hot chocolate is just as simple as making a normal matcha latte. For this recipe we use high quality organic latte grade matcha from Encha – we have found this to be the best tasting matcha at the best price point (and it is available on Amazon Prime, so that makes it super convenient to purchase!) High quality white chocolate chips are used as the only sweetener for these hot chocolates. By slowly melting the white chocolate into the matcha and almond milk on the stovetop, stirring until the mixture is perfectly smooth & heated through, you get a luxurious cup of sweet green tea. Top each mug off with marshmallow and you are ready to enjoy the greatness ;)
Here I have made the marshmallows into little snowmen, simply because I could not resist! Ever since I set eyes on my friends Stephanie’s & Jenn’s snowmen marshmallows on Instagram, I have been itching to recreate them in our kitchen! I tried making marshmallows from scratch and they did not turn out (I got distracted while the syrup was boiling & it got too hot!). So off to Whole Foods I went, where I picked up some of their house-made vanilla bean marshmallows – which were perfect because they were square shaped so I could cut out circles for the snowmen!
While the snowmen marshmallows are not mandatory to make matcha white hot chocolate, you have to admit, they are super cute – I personally can’t help but smile every time I look at them! The snowmen are super simple to make as well, whether you make marshmallows from scratch (just don’t get distracted while you boil your syrup!) or whether you use store-bought marshmallows. For the orange noses, I wanted to naturally color some melted white chocolate (because we don’t use food coloring in our kitchen) so I added annatto powder (aka: achiote molido) to the melted white chocolate chips and it totally worked! A bit of melted dark chocolate is all you need for the eyes and mouths. Use a toothpick (with the pointed end snipped off) to dip into the melted chocolates to create the snowman faces and then let them set at room temperature until hardened.
If seeing these cute little snowman marshmallows floating atop beautifully green matcha white hot chocolate isn’t enough to make you want a mug, then I do not know what is! Snowman marshmallows or not, you really need to try a matcha white hot chocolate while cold weather cozy past times are in order. Creamy and earthy with just the right amount of sweetness, matcha white hot chocolate just may become your favorite thing to fill your mug with this winter.
- 4 tsp Encha Organic Matcha - Latte Grade
- 8 oz hot, but not boiling water
- 32 oz milk (we use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (we use Ghiradelli)
- square marshmallows, large enough to cut out small rounds (or make homemade marshmallows & cut into rounds)
- 2 tbsp white chocolate chips, melted with 1/4 tsp coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp ground annatto (aka: achiote molido)
- 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips, melted with 1/4 tsp coconut oil
- Using a fine mesh sifter, sift matcha into a saucepan
- Add 8oz of hot, but not boiling water to saucepan & whisk matcha with hot water until very smooth & no lumps remain (we recommend a matcha whisk for this task)
- Add the white chocolate chips & the milk to the saucepan & heat over medium low heat, stirring often until white chocolate is fully melted
- Heat the matcha white hot chocolate until it is your desired drinking temperature (if you keep it below 180f degrees, the antioxidants in the matcha will not get damaged)
- Pour matcha into mugs, top each mug with marshmallows & serve
- Cut marshmallows into rounds (we used two different sizes)
- Place 2 tbsp white chocolate chips with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil in a small dish & microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each increment, until white chocolate is perfectly melted & smooth
- Sprinkle in annatto powder & stir well to combine
- Using a toothpick with one of the pointed ends snipped off, dip the toothpick into the now orange melted white chocolate & draw the noses on each marshmallow round
- Place 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips with 1/4 tsp of coconut oil in a small dish & microwave in 20 second increments, stirring after each increment, until dark chocolate is perfectly melted & smooth
- Using a toothpick with one of the pointed ends snipped off, dip the toothpick into the melted dark chocolate & dab on the eyes & mouth of the snowman onto each round
- Allow chocolate snowman faces to set at room temperature before serving
*To achieve a beautiful green hue with your matcha white hot chocolate, we highly recommend using a top quality culinary matcha - we use & trust ENCHA Organic Matcha . Low quality matcha will not be vibrant green, but instead will result in a dull brownish color