Panera Bread Hot Chocolate With Chocolate Chip Marshmallows – A Tutorial


Oh yes.


Your computer screen is not deceiving you. That is indeed Panera Bread’s new hot chocolate topped with chocolate chip marshmallows.

Looks like a serious dessert. It is.

Let’s start at the beginning.

I decided the other day that it just wouldn’t be right to sample such a unique form of a marshmallow atop a heaping bowl of hot chocolate without the little boy so I waited for the perfect opportunity to surprise him with a taste testing treat.

He was hoping for a cake taste test. Of course he was; anything I could have possibly surprised him with would have been wrong. It is the age I guess. Had I said I am taking you to taste cake, he would have said I would have preferred hot chocolate.

Anyway, once again I have proven him wrong, proven to be mother of the year and after last night’s bowl of hot chocolate, I am pretty confident he has finally learned to get excited for any possible dessert taste test event I ever spring on him again.

IMG_0743 (2)

Meet Drew. The best Panera man ever. He earned this title not just because he made as he referred to it, “The Monstrosity of Hot Chocolates” but because he kindly swapped out the reduced fat milk for skim when I ever so sweetly asked if he could.

IMG_0744 (2)

Much better.

Drew walked us through the hot chocolate process, giving us a real behind the scenes look at just how this bowl of goodness is made. He even let me snap 1,000 photos and entertained not only our questions, but our extreme giddiness oddly produced by the site of chocolate, whipped cream, and yes, chocolate chip marshmallows.

So first comes the milk (skim milk).

IMG_0746 (2)

And then the pure chocolate…Lucky for us, the machine ran out so they quickly brought over a refill.

IMG_0748 (2)

He jokingly offered me the opportunity to eat the chocolate straight from the bag he was holding. He clearly didn’t realize who he was talking to as eating straight from a pouch of chocolate is no joking matter and not something to tease about.

IMG_0750 (2)

After the chocolate was poured into the steamed milk, Drew mixed it all up real nice.

IMG_0753 (2)

Topped off with tons of whipped cream. And then caramel.

IMG_0758 (2)

And more chocolate on top because I told him extra chocolate is never a bad thing. He found us amusing so he happily complied. Or maybe he found me scary and didn’t want to disobey, not really sure. Either way I reached my goal.


IMG_0759 (2)

That container Drew is carefully opening contains the SECRET RECIPE chocolate chip marshmallows.

He claims the marshmallows are made special for Panera and that corporate has yet to share the recipe with him. I wonder if they will share it with me?

IMG_0762 (2)

He got us a tray because he said it is the biggest bowl of hot chocolate he has ever made (or even seen) at Panera Bread.

IMG_0763 (2)

It was not easy for me to release the hot chocolate creation to the hands of the little boy but I guess I have grown up a bit and learned to be the adult in order for the child to experience maximum enjoyment.

IMG_0764 (2)

Oh yes? Oh yes.

IMG_0767 (2)

A chocolate chip marshmallow dipped in whipped cream, caramel and fudge.

Stick with me. I for sure know where it’s at.

IMG_0770 (2)

We took the remaining hot chocolate to go.

Let me just add that when Drew gave us a to-go cup, he also gave us extra marshmallows. Panera Employee of the Year.

When you head in to Panera today for your bowl of hot chocolate with chocolate chip marshmallows, you may want to produce the pictures from this post to ensure you receive the same large creation. Don’t let them skimp on any of the toppings.

I have decided that this hot chocolate creation reminds me that I am due for a visit to Serendipity 3 in Manhattan.

Have you ever had Seredipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate?


If you click on the above photo, you can check out Seredipity’s website, menu and even the option to order your own frozen hot chocolate mix to make it at home.


Hmm. Perfect holiday gift?

I haven’t been to Serendipity in a while but I do have a picture from my last visit.


First bite of dessert requires eyes to be closed in order to receive the full taste experience.

Yes, I realize I take my dessert seriously but if I didn’t, I probably would have received a dinky version of Hot Chocolate with only one marshmallow and no extra toppings. And that would have been sad for us all.



Are you going to Panera today? Promise to take pictures and let us all know about it?

Ever been to Serendipity 3?

Do you make hot chocolate at home? If so, do you buy the packets or use the Keurig cups? I have the Keurig cups but really never make it.







Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

3,974 thoughts on “Panera Bread Hot Chocolate With Chocolate Chip Marshmallows – A Tutorial”

  1. May I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody that truly knows what they’re talking about on the web. You certainly realize how to bring a problem to light and make it important. More people must read this and understand this side of your story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular since you surely have the gift.

  2. If you cannot come to some type of agreement its time to bring in some others to help you out. On the exterior, be sure and mow and trim any overgrowth to provide the appearance of a nicely maintained property. These tech advances have had the added affect of killing off newspaper readership as more and more of the population migrates to the Internet to get their “newspaper fix”.

  3. FHA financings are capped at $271,050 so no person could
    qualify for a $450,000 FHA lending and, furthermore, $450,000
    is a big lending that has a lot more strict standards compared to a standard loan.

  4. While an FHA loan could aid you get a house, it also requires that you pay mortgage insurance coverage settlements permanently of
    the lending, stated Josh Moffitt, head of state
    of Silverton Home loan Specialists in Atlanta.

  5. Take your time and find the right method that works for you.
    The statue will need to be moved so that the Heron thinks it is another
    bird’s territory. Then find some woodworking
    plans and patterns for a nice little wooden bridge for
    over your pond and you are done.

  6. Makes I can;t wait until the day when I’m able to financially undertake a project like I’m 22 now, just bought my first It needs some love; the paint is scratched pretty bad in some places, but it’s mechanically mint, which is what is more important to me Also need to fix an exhaust manifold leak, so once it’s out I’m going to drill out the block and install rods instead of using bolts, put in some long tube headers and do a dual exhaust I’m hoping to keep it under 1000, 1500

  7. I wish to show my appreciation to the writer for bailing me out of this condition. As a result of surfing through the the web and obtaining techniques that were not productive, I was thinking my life was gone. Living without the strategies to the problems you’ve fixed as a result of your post is a critical case, and the ones which may have adversely damaged my entire career if I had not come across the blog. That knowledge and kindness in handling the whole lot was tremendous. I’m not sure what I would’ve done if I had not come upon such a subject like this. I can also at this moment look forward to my future. Thank you so much for the specialized and amazing guide. I won’t think twice to refer your web blog to any individual who should get counselling on this area.

  8. Hey there! Quick question that’s completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4. I’m trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to correct this problem. If you have any suggestions, please share. Appreciate it!

  9. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for
    your site. You have some really great posts and I think I would
    be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some content for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please blast me an email if interested. Many thanks!

  10. Just desire to say your article is as surprising.
    The clarity to your put up is just great and that i can assume you’re a professional on this subject.
    Well along with your permission let me to grasp your feed to keep up
    to date with drawing close post. Thanks a million and please carry on the enjoyable work.

  11. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality
    articles or weblog posts on this kind of space . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this web
    site. Reading this information So i am happy to exhibit that I
    have an incredibly excellent uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed.

    I so much without a doubt will make sure to don?t forget this site and give it a glance regularly.

  12. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this superb blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to brand new updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: