I love hot chocolate in the winter time. It is so delightful and cozy and just makes my heart happy. I got this ADORABLE cocoa pot from Target as a gift from my sister and had to put it to good use. Here are my favorite hot-chocolate recipes with a little twist, plus a recipe for traditional hot chocolate. I personally think that the cocoa powder does not taste as good as chocolate, but in a pinch it will do. I made some of both versions and the cocoa worked a lot better in the test tubes, it was cute but the actual chocolate made it taste SO GOOD! If making a big pot, just trust me and use real, good-quality chocolate.
For these recipes I decided to make a single vanilla milk base:
- 4 cups coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 vanilla bean pod, split in 1/2 length wise
- 1 tsp coconut oil (only if using coconut milk)
- 4tbsp sugar
Whisk together the ingredients above over medium heat until combined and piping hot. Transfer hot liquid carefully into a cocoa pot (or any other serving pot). I then used test tubes I picked up from michaels craft stores and filled them with single serving of the cocoa mix. If you make just one recipe then pre mix it while on the stove, it would be a lot easier. Using a ladle to serve directly from the stove is an easy idea as well.
Mexican Hot Chocolate: per mug it needs 1tbsp cocoa powder or 2oz chocolate, 1tbsp sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a tiny pinch of chili powder (optional)
Snickerdoodle hot chocolate: per mug it needs 2oz white chocolate, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and a tiny pinch of ginger
Traditional hot chocolate: per mug it needs 2oz chocolate and a big fat marshmallow
If you want to top yours with marshmallows, the recipe from A Cozy Kitchen’s Book The Year of Cozy is really fantastic. Actually, everything she does is fantastic. #goals.
Have a very happy holiday season filled with family, friends, peace, and of course — hot chocolate.