Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

by Erin

Make your own red velvet hot cocoa mix complete with cream cheese frosting marshmallows!

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix with Cream Cheese Heart Marshmallow

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When I first posted this recipes, it was my fourth hot cocoa mix recipe. First I made a regular version, followed by Salted Caramel, then Peanut Butter, and shortly after this Red Velvet flavor! I have also made: Brownie Batter, Cake Batter White Chocolate, Cinnamon, Dark Chocolate, Malted, and Salted Caramel.

In case that isn’t enough, since I also made special peanut butter marshmallows to pair with the peanut butter hot cocoa, I decided to go ahead and make cream cheese frosting marshmallows to complete the full flavor of a red velvet experience. What’s red velvet without the cream cheese frosting/marshmallows?

Cream Cheese Frosting Heart Shaped Marshmallows

I think I am now officially in love with homemade marshmallows. You’d think that would’ve been solidified when my first was the peanut butter version, but cream cheese marshmallows? Holy freaking awesomeness.

When I made these a second time I even cut out the marshmallows into heart shapes so now they will literally melt your heart with cuteness. And if you want to pump up the red color of the hot chocolate, use red candy coating instead of white chocolate chips.

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

If you notice in the background of my older photo below, I packaged up single servings of hot cocoa and a marshmallow in mini red containers to give away as Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day presents. It’s a present that warms the heart, body, and soul! It would also be cute gifted in a decorated coffee mug.

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix

Post updated 1/29/21, photo above is the original.

One year ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Two years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo

Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix with Cream Cheese Heart Marshmallow


Yield: 2 dozen servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups red velvet cake dry mix (heat treated*)
  • 1-1/2 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (or red candy coating)
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • 3/4 cup of water, divided
  • 3 (.25 ounce) packages unflavored gelatin
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. To make the hot cocoa mix: In a large bowl whisk together all the red velvet hot chocolate ingredients.
  2. Working in two batches, pulse the ingredients in a food processor until the chocolate is finely ground.
  3. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  4. To make the marshmallows: Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap that’s sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Spray additional piece of plastic wrap to cover the top and set aside.
  5. Place 1/2 cup of water in the bowl of an electric mixer and add gelatin to water to soak.
  6. While gelatin is soaking add remaining 1/4 cup water, and white sugar to sauce pan. Bring mixture to boil over medium heat for 1 minute. Add in softened cream cheese stirring until completely dissolved.
  7. Pour hot sugar and cream cheese mixture into gelatin and beat on high using a whisk attachment. Beat for 12 minutes or until mix is fluffy and forms stiff peaks. Add in dash of vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  8. Pour mixture into baking dish using a greased spatula to smooth top. Cover marshmallow mixture with remaining prepared plastic wrap, pressing down lightly to seal.
  9. Allow to rest for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  10. When marshmallows have set, mix together cornstarch and powdered sugar in a dish. Using greased knife, or cookie cutter to cut the marshmallows and then dredge lightly in the cornstarch mixture. Shake off excess.
  11. If packaging the marshmallows for gifts be certain that they are stored in an airtight container. Keep time is 2 weeks.
  12. To make hot cocoa, put 1/3 cup of the cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of hot milk. Top with homemade cream cheese frosting marshmallows!


*Raw eggs are not the only possible source of bacterial contamination, raw flour is also a culprit. Heat treat by heating in microwave to 160 degrees F - about 1 minute stirring every 15 seconds.

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Source: Cocoa adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker and Posh Little Designs. Marshmallows from Posh Little Designs.

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Ly Taylor November 10, 2014 - 1:47 pm

Hello. This sounds amazing. I just have a question though: you said to mix this with hot milk. Will hot water work? How about non-dairy milk (e.g. soy, almond, etc.), will that work as well?

spiffycookie November 10, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Hi Ly, it will work in hot water but it won’t taste as rich. And any kind of milk you prefer will work!

Ly Taylor November 10, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Awesome! Thank you so much!

Mrs.Lee May 11, 2013 - 10:25 pm

I am making this and I am book marking this site. I love you.

JanetFCTC February 25, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Soooo pinning this one. My DIL loves anything Red Velvet and will be visiting in April. It may be a bit warm here in Kentucky for hot chocolate then but somehow, I doubt she’ll mind. And of course, I’ll need to practice the recipe a time or two (or eight) before she gets here hehe

Camille February 12, 2013 - 3:23 pm

What a cute blog you have! I love all your hot cocoa mixes but this one is so fun! I’m hosting a Cream Cheese themed link party this week for Iron Chef Mom and I’d love it if you linked up this recipe!

Tracey February 11, 2013 - 3:03 pm

This is all kinds of awesome!! I’ve never even heard of cream cheese frosting marshmallows, but I need them!!

Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies February 11, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Those marshmallows sound so-so-so-freaking-amazing. I’m so sad that I can’t have gelatin– these sound liek something I need NOW!

Vicki @ WITK February 11, 2013 - 11:45 am

Super creative! I’ve got to try making cream cheese marshmallows, they sound amazing.

Jackie @ Domestic Fits February 11, 2013 - 11:31 am

Cream cheese marshmallows?! Brilliant :)

Brandi February 11, 2013 - 10:18 am

So happy you enjoyed the recipes enough to share. Thanks so much for linking back. :)


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