Cookbook: S’mores Hot Chocolate and Charity Water


This hot chocolate not only tastes good, but it also helps a great cause. Minimalist Baker, along with five other amazing food bloggers, created a free downloadable cookbook to benefit Charity Water. This is one of our favorite non-profits, which provides safe and clean drinking water for people in developing countries. This is just a small glimpse of the incredible work they do. (Ugly girls sobbing are welcome.)

The Minimalist Baker has teamed up to create an E-bookbook, which is available for FREE download. This E-bookbook was developed in collaboration with Kelsey from Happyolks and Erin from Naturally Ella. Kate and Kate of Cookie and Kate and Ashley of Edible Perspective also contributed. We ask that you visit the Charity Water page to donate. Charity Water donates 100% of all funds raised to the cause. In this case, the money will go to funding water projects in Ethiopia, where 60% of people do not have access to clean drinking water.

We want to raise $1000. It may sound like a lofty target, but we are ambitious and full of hope. We hope that you will consider contributing even $1 to help people in need. It would also make a wonderful holiday gift for friends and family.

The 1-Cup Water E-Cookbook is available for free download. Each recipe contains at least 1 cup of water, which reminds us how clean and plentiful water is.

The hot chocolate was delicious. It turned out perfectly sweet and creamy. Every sip was a surprise of sweet graham cracker bits. The marshmallows were the icing on the cake. You can also make mix hot chocolates by omitting the hot cocoa and adding your favorite mix instead. The graham cracker and marshmallow rim really sets this recipe apart. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


  • 2 cups milk (any type // dairy-free for Vegans)
  • Add more milk or water to 1 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • Light chocolate syrup, 2 Tbsp
  • Sugar 2 Tbsp
  • Add 1-2 Tbsp of sugar or 1/4 tsp of non-bitter Stevia to taste
  • One pinch of salt
  • Graham crackers (crushed/ for lining the rim – gluten-free for GF eaters).
  • 1/2 cup marshmallows (ensure vegan-friendliness)


  • Move the oven rack to the second position (high enough to broil marshmallows) and preheat the oven to low broil. Place the baking sheet on the rack.
  • Over medium heat, warm milk, and water until thoroughly warmed—approximately 5 minutes. Take care not to scald or overheat.
  • Add the cocoa powder, chocolate Syrup, sugar, Stevia, and salt, and whisk until well combined.
  • Take a few Marshmallows and rub them around the tops of your mugs to ensure the graham crackers stick. Dip the mug into the graham cracker crumb until it is well coated. For extra graham flavor, you can also sprinkle some graham cracker crumbs on the bottom.
  • Pour hot chocolate into each mug and sprinkle 1/4 cup marshmallows on top. Set mugs carefully on the baking tray in the oven, and broil the marshmallows until they are browned.
  • Remove carefully from the oven using a towel. Serve with holders or small towels to protect your hands from heat. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top, and serve with extra graham cracker crumb crumbs (optional).

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