World's Best Hot Chocolate
There is something deeply comforting about a nice cup of hot chocolate. It warms your belly even on the coldest days of the most bone chilling polar vortex.
I had to stop drinking coffee due to headaches (I know, devastating), but there is just something about having a hot cup of something to start the day, and tea just doesn't satisfy quite the same way. I used to drink half coffee and half hot chocolate every morning, but now I have switched to only hot chocolate. I don't drink it every day anymore, though I did while I was in school. That is an expensive habit and I do not recommend it.
Through my hot chocolate addiction I found a few little tricks that make this treat extra special.
Tips for amazing hot chocolate
Use instant hot chocolate, but don't cheap out! This is your treat to yourself, so go fancy. My personal favourite is Cocoa Camino milk or dark hot chocolate. It's organic, fair trade, and very high quality.
While you're waiting for the water to boil, add the hot chocolate mix to the mug and pour in just a tiny bit of water or milk (or a milk alternative), and mix it up really well until the powder is like a paste or slurry. This will make your hot chocolate less lumpy, and if you use a milk or milk alternative it will also be nice and frothy when you pour the water in. I find that soy milk is especially good for this.
Add a good dose of Bailey's Irish Cream (optional, of course). If you like your cocoa extra sweet, toss in some marshmallows before you add the water. This way the hot water will melt the marshmallows and add a nice sweet froth at the top.
Once the water is boiled, add it to the mug, stirring rapidly to froth it up and make sure it doesn't become lumpy. Make it rich and creamy by adding a splash of milk or milk alternative. This will also cool it down a bit so you can drink it sooner. For an extra special treat, I like to make a nice topping of whipped cream, sprinkle on some of the hot chocolate mix (or cocoa powder) and top with chocolate sprinkles. My personal favourite topping is crushed candy cane sprinkled on top of half-melted marshmallows. At Christmas time I usually buy crushed candy cane in the bulk store so I can enjoy this any time.
Enjoy and stay warm!