How To Make Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
How do you enjoy hot chocolate?
Hot chocolate has got be one the greatest culinary inventions in the history of food. Originally, hot chocolate was a drink that was enjoyed by the Aztec kings of Central America. Montezuma was said to have drank somewhere in the number of 50 cups of it a day. It was not overly sweetened, but was bitter, almost like coffee.
As time, techniques and experimentation has been used with chocolate, the process of making a hot cup of coco has changed. These days there are basically two ways of making hot chocolate for the average person: from a powdered packet mixed with hot water (or warm milk) and there is chocolate syrup mixed with hot milk.
However; the older technique of melting chocolate and blending it into hot milk seems to be lost on our microwavable kitchen world. The powder and syrup recipes are easy and quick, but neither of those are as great tasting as a wonderful, homemade cup of hot coco made with melted chocolate and milk.
The following recipe is simple, but it does take a bit of time and attention. You basically melt some chocolate chips in a double boiler and slowly whisk in some milk. It is surprisingly minimalist in ingredients but the flavor is fantastic! The only difficult part is the melting of the chocolate.
I will give you a step by step guide to how to properly melt the chocolate as to not burn it (I have made that mistake before). The temperature must be just right and the use of a double boiler is crucial. You can buy a professional, brand name, double boiler, but those types can be expensive. Plus, if you are not going to use them on a regular basis, it just might be a waste of money. There is an easy way to “make your own” double boiler using a sauce pot and a glass bowl.
1 cup of Chocolate Chips (milk, semi-sweet, dark, white or whatever your preferences are)
2 cups of whole Milk
½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract (optional)
1 tablespoon of brewed Coffee (optional, for melting chocolate)
1 Small / medium sauce pot
1 Glass bowl (which is large enough to fit on top of, and a little bit inside the pot without touching the bottom of the pot)
½ cup of water (or enough to fill the bottom of the pot without touching the glass bowl when it is place on the pot)
1 small / medium whisk
1. Before starting the process, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature.
2. Pour the water in the pot, and check to see if the glass bowl touches the water when placed over the pot. Pour out some of the water if it touches. You want a ½ inch or so space between the glass bowl and the water level.
3. Place the pot with the glass bowl on the stove top and heat over medium low heat. Allow the water to heat the glass bowl to a “warm to the touch” stage, but not hot.
4. Pour the chocolate chips into the glass bowl.
5. The melting process will take some time, so be patient. The first five minutes will have no noticeable change, but soon you will see the edges of the chips begin to soften and melt. Here you can add the tablespoon of coffee (if it is hot coffee it will help speed up the melting).
6. When the chocolate starts melting being whisking regularly. It doesn’t have to constantly, but you don’t want to chocolate to dry out or burn.
7. The chocolate should being to melt smoothly after about ten minutes.
8. When the chocolate is whisked smooth, without any chocolate chunk noticeable, add the vanilla extract and continue heating for another few minutes. (This will allow alcohol in the vanilla extract to burn off).
9. At this point, after the chocolate is fully melted, you can slowly pour in the milk while constantly whisking the chocolate (even though the milk is at room temperature, the milk is cooler than the melted chocolate and will being to harden when it comes in contact with the liquid.)
10. Continue heating the chocolate and milk (while whisking) in the glass bowl on the pot over medium heat to keep it hot.
11. When the hot chocolate is at the temperature that you want it to be (not too hot, but not too cold) pour it into serving cups and serve with whipped cream or marshmallows.