Make homemade marshmallows to serve with a decadent hot chocolate mixture, perfect for gifting.

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We will demonstrate how to make fresh marshmallows and while they cool/set, we will prepare a hot chocolate mixture which is perfect for gifting. We will finish by demonstrating how to cut/serve the marshmallows and how to serve the perfect hot chocolate.

What you’ll take away:

  • Marshmallow making/same technique as Italian meringue
  • How to make your own blend of hot chocolate/different types of chocolate to use
  • Wrapping/storing for Christmas gifts

Serves: Makes 20 portions of hot chocolate & 20 large marshmallows.

Duration: This session lasts approx. 1 hour.


  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 6 sheets fine-leaf gelatine
  • 2 medium egg whites
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or peppermint extract/orange blossom water)
  • 240g icing sugar, plus 2 tbsp extra for dusting
  • 125g cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp cornflour, divided into 2 x 2 tbsp
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 200g dark chocolate (you can use plain or peppermint)
  • 240ml milk for serving of hot chocolate *optional


  • Stand mixer with a whisk attachment (or a handheld electric whisk and a large bowl)
  • 18cm square cake tin
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring jug
  • Small saucepan
  • Sugar thermometer or temperature probe
  • Rubber spatula
  • Spoons for mixing
  • Sieve
  • Large knife
  • Chopping board
  • Baking parchment
  • Cellophane bags & ribbon, boxes or jars for storing and gifting

About your instructor: You’ll be led through this class with one of our experienced chefs from the Waitrose Cookery School.

Joining a virtual experience: Our Virtual Experiences will take place via Zoom. We’d recommend using a laptop or desktop if possible to make it easier for you to take part. Two days before your Virtual Experience, we’ll send you full details on how to join.

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