If you’re like me and like things done quickly, you drink packets of hot chocolate diluted in hot water. Though that can hit the spot when we’re in a rush, sometimes you just want a really good hot chocolate. Nobody wants to be spending 8$ for a hot chocolate at Starbucks. So, this is how I make the best hot chocolate with things I just happen to have at my place.
I always start by warming up lactose free or almond milk on the stove. I am lactose intolerant so I don’t drink milk regularly. If you aren’t in the same boat as me, feel free to use regular milk. I let it heat up to the point where it’s not boiling but there’s steam. I then add baking chocolate chips. They are semi-sweet. Mix as the chocolate melts. Unfortunately, I was in a pinch and didn’t have any semi-sweet chips. So, after a quick google search I found a recipe that called for a table spoon and a half of cocoa powder and a tablespoon and a half of granulated sugar.
I turn down the heat and mix till there’s no more chunks. I prefer a whisk but a large mixing spoon works just as well.
I follow up by adding my favourite hot chocolate powder. My two favourites are mint chocolate and coffee crisp flavoured. I had Coffee Crisp Hot Chocolate on deck today. Mix till everything is well blended. Take it off the heat and serve.
I always enjoy decorating my glasses when people are over. I add marshmallows or whipped cream and candy canes. I feel like it just makes a bit more festive. Everyone appreciates a good-looking mug of hot cocoa. I decided to add whipped cream, candy cane and coconut shreds.
I can guarantee this is recipe is quick and absolutely delicious. It reminds me a lot of one of those fancy drinks you can get at Starbucks and Tim Hortons.
1 cup of Milk of your choice
1 ½ tbsp of Cocoa powder
1 ½ tbsp of Granulated Sugar
1 Hot Chocolate Mix
Extras – Crushed Candy Cane, Whipped Cream, Marshmallow, Coconut shreds, or anything your heart desires.