Friday, December 4, 2020

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate
Mug from Flying Tiger

Nothing says the holidays like snuggling up with a nice cup of hot chocolate by a lit Christmas tree! Luckily, hot chocolate is about the easiest thing in the world to make. Of course you can always opt for the pre-made mixes in the grocery store, but I like to make it myself so I can get the flavour just right.

Serving a cup of hot cocoa can be as simple as pouring it into your favourite mug or as elaborate as you like. I am a fan of whipped cream on my hot chocolate, while others prefer marshmallows. However you serve it, feel free to get creative and make it as fancy or as basic as you like.

This recipe is simply a guide, so you can amend it to suit your tastes and dietary preferences. If you're living the sugar-free life, try another type of sweetener. If you are dairy-free, you can use almond, oat or soy milk instead... Whatever you like, it will work so try it out. The sweetener measurements might need some adjusting depending on what you use, but the rest should work as is.

Note: The hot chocolate in the photo is topped with President Aerosol Whipped Cream, white chocolate stars (which taste as yummy as they look) and sprayed with a gold glitter spray, both of which I found in the baking aisle at my local Waitrose.

* Ingredients per person. If you want to make more, the recipe is easy to multiply.

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
A pinch of sea salt flakes
250ml milk (I use skimmed milk, but you can use any type of milk you like including non-dairy versions)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
A small splash of peppermint extract (optional)
Toppings of your choice for serving (see below)

Hot Chocolate in a Santa Claus Mug with whipped cream, gold glitter spray & white chocolate stars, held in front of a lit Christmas Tree

1. In a saucepan on medium-low heat, add the cocoa powder, caster sugar, salt and about 2 tablespoons of the milk and whisk together until the cocoa powder and sugar are completely dissolved.

2. Increase the heat to medium and gradually whisk in the rest of the milk. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally with the whisk until it is hot. 

3. Stir in the vanilla extract. It will sizzle up a bit. 

4. Serve hot in a coffee mug as is or with your favourite toppings. 

If you like toppings, get creative. Try whipped cream or marshmallows, a small chocolate bar dipped in like a Kit-Kat or a Flake, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, a candy cane, glitter spray or candy sprinkles, chocolate sauce, salted caramel drizzle or all of the above if you're feeling extra.

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