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Make Your Perfect Hot Chocolate

Updated on November 12, 2014

Explore the family of drinks called "hot chocolate"

Hot chocolate might be anything from melted, spiced drinking chocolate to a packet of instant mix that just needs hot water. You might call it hot cocoa or hot chocolate and it may or may not have whipped cream or tiny marshmallows on top. Recipes and traditions for hot chocolate vary greatly, so make a mug of your fave and get ready for hot chocolate lusciousness! (And there's even some cool recipes for frozen/iced hot chocolate too!)

Just like tea and coffee, when chocolate was first brought to Europe as an exotic spice, it too sparked a craze. As with those other beverages, drinking hot chocolate goes through periods of being trendy and being not so trendy. But those who love it, will drink it regardless of what anyone else thinks.

What you see right before that first sip hits your tongue.

Here's one of my most recent cups of cocoa, out at a neighborhood cafe. I've been playing around with a clip-on lens that allows me to shoot macro photographs of my cocoa foam using my iPad.
Here's one of my most recent cups of cocoa, out at a neighborhood cafe. I've been playing around with a clip-on lens that allows me to shoot macro photographs of my cocoa foam using my iPad. | Source

Do you need a Hot Chocolate Maker?

Mr. Coffee BVMC-HC5 Cafe Cocoa Hot Chocolate Maker, Black
Mr. Coffee BVMC-HC5 Cafe Cocoa Hot Chocolate Maker, Black

For very busy people or those who have to serve a LOT of cocoa, having a dedicated kitchen device for hot chocolate just might make your life a little more luscious.

 
A Tweety mug and sprinkles make cocoa more delicious
A Tweety mug and sprinkles make cocoa more delicious | Source

Ode to Hot Chocolate

My Absolute Favorite Hot Drink

This isn't really an ode, if you're going by the strict classical definition of "lyrical poetry." It's more of an enthusiastic rant about hot chocolate.

My most favorite thing about hot chocolate presently is actually this travel mug I own. It's a bit shorter and wider than most that you find, so it doesn't fit in cup holders but with the lid off it makes a rocking soup bowl. I found it at the hardware store. It holds 16 ounces perfectly, which is also known as a pint. Yes, MY hot chocolate comes in pints! I love being able to use that line from the Lord of the Rings movies, as I'm sure I love hot chocolate as much as any Hobbit would.

The tradition of hot chocolate I was raised with is hot chocolate based on hot milk, not hot water. I grew up in a 2% household and that's still what my palate sorts of expects when you think of a level of richness and content. Almost all hot chocolate is better than no hot chocolate, except for this one kind I have found that tends to primarily inhabit hotel buffet bar dispensers. (stage-whispers) Don't drink the funny brown water....

Mom used to put a small handful of miniature marshmallows in my hot chocolate when I was a little girl. As an adult, most often when I'm out somewhere and I get a hot chocolate, it's topped with whipped cream, and sometimes drizzled with a touch of chocolate syrup. Here's the hot chocolate I got at a neighborhood cafe, not only in a fantastic Tweety Bird mug but topped with whipped cream and dusted with sugar sprinkles.

Are you more formal with your cocoa?
Are you more formal with your cocoa? | Source

The Hot Chocolate Dairy Poll - got milk? hot chocolate drinkers share their favorite tastes

So far, the voters who've told us their preferences seem to be really split across a lot of the hot chocolate variations. What does your mouth tell YOU is the perfect hot chocolate?

Do You Use Milk To Make Your Perfect Hot Chocolate?

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A Hot Chocolate Cookbook

Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort (50 Series)
Hot Chocolate: 50 Heavenly Cups of Comfort (50 Series)

Hot chocolate is featured on the menus of trendy coffeehouses and upscale restaurants everywhere, and with Hot Chocolate anyone can make this gourmet beverage at home.

 

On Heating The Milk...

You want to make sure to heat or steam your milk so that it gets hot, but don't actually take it as far as reaching a full boil. If the milk gets too hot, not only does it start to ruin the rich flavor but it also forms a skin on top (which can be kinda gross and makes it hard to mix in the cocoa powder).

Flavored Syrup Additions

Torani Syrup Variety Pack, 25.4 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Torani Syrup Variety Pack, 25.4 Ounce (Pack of 6)

Add a dash of flavor to your hot chocolate with a flavored syrup! I'm partial to adding vanilla flavor to my own hot chocolate, but you might prefer a mint, caramel, nut or fruit accent.

 
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Homemade Cocoa Mix - recipe

make your own hot cocoa powder mixes

Would you like to make your own homemade hot chocolate mix? It's really easy and it makes a fantastic mix that works great with hot water. You'll want an empty quart jar to hold your mix and a big bowl for blending the ingredients.

Basic Hot Cocoa Mix

1 C sugar

1 C unsweetened cocoa powder

1 C powdered milk

1/2 C mini chocolate chips

1/2 C mini marshmallows

1 tbsp salt

Just mix all of the above dry ingredients together in a bowl and then keep the cocoa mix in a quart jar, or a similar cotainer that keeps it dry. This recipe makes approximately a dozen servings.

To make a mug of cocoa, add 1/3 cup cocoa mix to a cup of boiling water and stir well. If that is too rich for your tastes, reduce the amount of cocoa mix or increase the amount of water. If it turns out too sweet for you, the next time you make the mix, reduce the amount of sugar used.

Flavor variations:

~ chocolate varieties - the recipe can be changed depending if you use semi-sweet, bittersweet or milk chocolate chips.

~ peppermint - substitute 1/2 C crushed peppermint candies for the mini marshmallows.

~ mocha - substitute 1/2 C espresso powder for the marshmallows.

~ for a gift presentation - layer the ingredients in a jar (see photo) and add your own designer label

The Mixing Trick

If you don't like finding all the cocoa or chocolate at the bottom of the mug when you get done, always put the powder or syrup into your mug first!

Then add just an inch or two of liquid. Blend that small amount thoroughly and once everything is fully combined, then add the rest of the liquid to the mug and stir again!

Fun and Funky Moo Mixer Makes Perfect Cocoa

Moo Mixer Supreme
Moo Mixer Supreme

Tired of fighting those lumps and clumps at the bottom of your mug of cocoa? If that's the case, this clever mixing tumbler might be just what you are looking for to stay well-blended right to the last drop...

 

Non-Dairy Hot Chocolate

If you can't do dairy, don't despair... you are not stuck with water-only hot chocolate! Use pure cocoa powder (many ready-made mixes contain milk byproducts), the sweetener of your choice and substitute rice milk, almond milk or soy milk in place of the usual cow moo juice.

The World of Hot Chocolate - recipes from around the world

Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate

In HOT CHOCOLATE, the first book to come out of the growing trend of haute chocolate consumption, preeminent chocolatiers from around the world contribute more than 60 recipes.

 

Share Your Cocoa-licious Thoughts! - suggestions, comments and feedback from readers

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I love your lens. If I weren't dieting, I would definitely start more hot chocolate. Take a look at my Recipes from Grandma site and my Recipes from Grandma lens. Thanks!

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      CLB LM 10 years ago

      Chocolat chaud, yessssssss! Hot chocolate is very well covered here, congratulations! Here, at home, we do the French way every day and the Spanish way for New Year's breakfast...

      Arg. Now I have to go and make myself a cup... ;)

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Wow, great info here, 5 stars! Thank you.

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      Partybluprints 9 years ago

      The best hot chocolate for us is Jaques Torres Wicked. It is like nothing you have ever tasted before. Also Marie Belle Aztec is a close second. We have had both prepared in their in-house cafes in NYC and have made both at home. Either way they are great. You can order off their websites too.

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      Helen 9 years ago

      Mmm, I love hot chocolate. Welcome to the Home Cooking And Baking group!

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      Cathy-W 9 years ago

      Yum - Now I have to go and make myself a cup of hot chocolate. Delicious! Great lens - 5 stars!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      OH YUMMY! Great lense!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Love hot chocolate on a cold day with whip cream. Great lens you have, gave you 5 stars! Please visit my lens for some great ebooks!

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      Yum, I love to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate this time of year.

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      BarryKrost 9 years ago

      Wonderful lens. I still love Mexican hot chocolate best. I didn't know about hot chocolate makers. Now I need to get one. Thanks.

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      mrsjordanjr 9 years ago

      Time for a cup of hot chocolate! :D

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      religions7 9 years ago

      makes the mouth water - great lens.

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      beeobrien lm 9 years ago

      Yummy lens. Big thumbs up! Come visit sometime.

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      TraderJane 9 years ago

      I love spicy hot chocolate--like the mix from Chuao

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Yummilicious! I really like the jar cocoa recipe. What a great gift idea.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      I linked to this lens on my own new Comfort food that makes you happy lens. Take a look!

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      Winter52 LM 9 years ago

      Nothing more soothing than a mug of hot chocolate... even coffee!

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      It's still cold here in Minnesota and this is the perfect warmer-upper! Love this lens.

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      grassosalvato86 9 years ago

      I would drink some of it!! Really lovely lens!

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      this lens makes me crave for it now.. ^__^

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      Euryale Sinclair 9 years ago from The Left Coast

      I'm so glad to have discovered the frozen variations so that now I can enjoy it year-round! Of course, as soon as I posted them, the weather where I live got cold again....

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      ThomasC 9 years ago

      I have featured this lens on my 4 course meal from Squidoo users lens. Your lens made it in as dessert!

      Great job on this page I was honored to feature it!

      Stars and favorites for you!

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      EelKat13 9 years ago

      I actually make my hot chocolate with heavy cream and whole milk, and top it with whipped cream.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      I just love white hot chocolate. You are right that it is important to get the mug just right too. Hot chocolate, I admit is one of my vices!

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      totalhealth 8 years ago

      i just love chocolates. thanks for the recipes.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what a morning wake-up sipping a cup of hot choco. hmm~

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      jodijoyous 8 years ago from New York

      Great lens!

      I don't have a special hot cocoa appliance, but I do have a special pint-size pot to heat the milk. I've also got a special cocoa mug (that I've had since I was a kid).

      Since it's warm here (in NY) now, lately I've been making my own version of frozen hot chocolate (cocoa, sugar, a little half&half, and ice cubes --- whipped up in the blender. It's a chocolate smoothie!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Lovely. Mmmmm.m.m.m.

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Hot cocoa is one of my favorites too! Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      juliasofia44 8 years ago

      Nice chocolate lens.

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      mobleyj 8 years ago

      I can't wait for it to get a little colder so I can snuggle in my easy chair with a cup of hot chocolate. 3*

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      It's freezing here, I could go for one of these! I added it to my chocolate chip cookies lens (featured at the bottom). Nice work!

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      Jenysie 8 years ago

      Great Lens! I wanted to let you know I am featuring it on my Tips for Staying Warm During the Winter page!

      5*

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      My favorite is raspberry hot cocoa. I can't wait for cold weather to start enjoying!

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      VBright 8 years ago

      Perfect! I'm featuring on my "5 things I love about Fall and Winter" lens!

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      nlwest21 8 years ago

      i love hot chocolate no matter what the season. I love to have whip cream on top and add about 4 coffee creamers to it. i don't know why i do that i just like it.

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      emmaklarkins 8 years ago

      Mmm, looks tasty. I had no idea there was such a thing as a hot chocolate maker! Thanks for the info!

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      sandyv lm 8 years ago

      Super lens! My own favourite is Green & Black's cocoa (link) made with hot milk (full fat of course!). It's possibly even nicer with a small dash of Cointreau added to it...

      5*

      Sandy

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful lens! We love hot chocolate...with Bailey's!

      Brenda

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      Kitsune64 8 years ago

      Mm... I love hot chocolate. I'm going to have to try some of these recipes, especially now that the weather's getting colder! 5*

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      Winter52 LM 8 years ago

      Definitely going to try some of your flavor variations... I think that I'm in a rutt as far as my hot chocolate goes. All I usually do is add a little cinnamon to mine. Your suggestions sound pretty impressive. Off to look for some candy canes. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      its the world of hot chocolate! i really want the hot cocoa-latte maker. yum.

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      Thanks for the hot chocolate recipee. My son loves hot chocolate...fixes him a "go-cup" every morning to take with him on the school bus. Funny...like he's brining coffee or something. I'll have him try this recipe and see if he can rate it higher than Swiss Miss..

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Wonderful lens :) 5*****

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      Oh what a yummy lens...enjoyed all the information on here and the recipe, OMG!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Hot chocolate before bedtime helps me go to sleep. Very informative lens.

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      I found lots of useful information about hot chocolate recipee, great lens, Thanks!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      A truly lovely lens and great information. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust - Drinks.

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      LoKackl 6 years ago

      Great tips for making perfect hot chocolate. The places I grocery shop have stopped carrying powdered milk most of the time. But, that doesn't stop me from making my own hot chocolate.

      Blessed.

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Yum!

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      encouragingwords 6 years ago

      Not much better than a cup of cocoa, lensrolled on Stir Things Up With Chocolate Spoons

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Mmmm. Just what I'd like just now!

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      ChocolateLoverGirl 6 years ago

      XLNT! Loved your lens. I am a big chocoholic and in lieu of eating... sometimes I just visit chocolate lenses. I favorited you and gave you a tweet!

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      jgall34 lm 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate especially during the winter months. A frothy mug of hot chocolate with some marshmellows on top and I am all set.

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      lmmclain 6 years ago

      Good lens! My favorite is Mexican hot chocolate.

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      greenerme 6 years ago

      mmmmmm, so perfect for these cold winter nights!

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I have yet to try the featured homemade cocoa mix. I do believe I'll enjoy it.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      Iced hot chocolate is a brilliant idea! 2 Christmases ago, my fiancé gave me a 12 pack sampler of hot chocolate... about 12 lbs!!

      *Blessed

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      slackira 6 years ago

      I love hot chocolate. Great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! Blessed by a Squidoo angel on 12/19/2010. Have a great day!

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      Love all the recipe ideas on your lens. Yum!

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      kt_glasses 6 years ago

      wow this look so so cool! yummy yummy, best served in a relaxing afternoon.

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      Fox Music 6 years ago

      Thank you for this Fun and Cocoa-Licious Lens!!

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      Susan300 6 years ago

      Yum! I can't wait to make a warm cup of cocoa tonight. :)

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      very good lens on one of my favorite drinks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Drinking hot chocolate in front of a fire on a cold winter day. . . Priceless! Blessed by the beverage angel and featured on Beverages Blessed by Beth.

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      grandma deal 5 years ago

      I love chocolate! Great recipes.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      This lens looks delicious!

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      bolsen19 5 years ago

      I want to make somme now.

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      bestdressedbaby 5 years ago

      yummy

      Love it

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      Delicious lens.

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      Jennifer_Glennon 5 years ago

      I was just thinking about making a cup of hot chocolate! Love this lens!

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      lucky izan 5 years ago

      hot chocolate will always be my favorite, thank's for sharing

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      RocklawnArts 5 years ago

      So much better than coffee! :)

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      jvermilion 5 years ago

      If you add coffee you'le explode dude, zomg :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Never realised how many variations of Hot Chocolate there are thanks for such an informative Lens.

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      Yummy!!

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      desa999 lm 5 years ago

      Wow what a tasty lens I can smell the hot chocolate. Yum!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I wouldn't put salt in my hot chocolate, that ruins the sweetness. Some pieces of chocolate bar that will melt is always good to have. A thin wafer is good as a snack to go with it. A little dab of whip cream and maybe some Baileys or Kahlua is a great midnight treat.

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      ShriyanNayna 5 years ago

      Loved the tips for the perfect temperature of the milk and for blending the milk and chocolate properly :) An absolutely mouthwatering lens !

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      BusyMOM LM 5 years ago

      I'm going to have to make a cup right now! Lovely!

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      Dee Gallemore 5 years ago

      With the wind chill in the teens right now . . . a yummy cup of hot chocolate is in my immediate future. Nice lens . . . blessed!

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Great lens. Hot cocoa (milk) rules> Hot chocolate (water)=no thanks. I have a Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine (and a lens about it as well) and use it to steam milk for hot cocoa. I love the fact that I can use the steam wand to make microfoam even for my hot cocoa. The temperature you don't want to exceed is 180 degrees. Anything above that and you begin to scorch the milk. Most coffee shops will steam the milk to 140 at a minimum but don't go over 180.

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      Rusty Quill 5 years ago

      You sure know how to tempt with a delightfully delicious lens. I have a new chocolate milk experiment recipe I recently played with using a bit of homemade buttermilk cream with whole milk chocolate and a spoonful of strawberry Greek yogurt - very decadent I'm sure it would be delicious hot as well.

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      noel rocs 5 years ago

      yum! I like the hot chocolate recipe; definitely something for me to try :) I tried hot cocoa with peppermint this year and I actually liked it! who knew ;) Great lens!

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      shoefiend 5 years ago

      great lens i loved it

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      YUMMY!!! Back for a blessing!!! :)

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      amitjivani 5 years ago

      Chocolate shakes are my most favorite....

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      leeleon 5 years ago

      nice lens.I have chocolate fondue recipe.Welcome to see it and try it. Enjoy!!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Yummy hot chocolate, my favourite drink in the world. Thanks for the recipe for the chocolate mix.

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      cleanyoucar 5 years ago

      Ohhh I love chocolate!

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      I'm addicted to hot cocoa =D

      Great lens!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      It's winter and every afternoon is a hot chocolate afternoon! Really great lens.

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      SuneXtra 5 years ago

      Now I'm really really craving some hot chocolate!!

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      Sunfish LM 5 years ago

      I actually like my hot coco with water ... I know, I'm in the minority on that one.

      I get the unsweetened cocoa powder in the baking section and add hot water. That's it! No sugar.

      When I travel,I have occasionally gotten a hot chocolate in almond milk. Hmm, that's a treat for sure, and only at those times away form home after a good day of walking/hiking.

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      stylesuxx 5 years ago

      Interesting recipes, I think I'll have a cup right away :-)

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      vincente lm 5 years ago

      Making me a hot chocolate right now!

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      careermom 5 years ago

      I love hot cocoa. I'm enjoying a cup while reading your lens.

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      djroll 5 years ago

      Now my coffee next to me doesn't seem so inviting. I think I'll have hot chocolate instead. Great lens - thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum, love hot chocolate once in a while. That scoop of ice cream in the cup looks delicious!

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      Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Great lens...I'm including it in the food & drink section of my Favorite Lenses lens.

      Oh also another idea for mixing the powder (or syrup) thoro... I have this little battery powered hand mixer I bought at Ikea for $2.99. I LOVE it. I also use it when I make chocloate milk. Its mostly to mix drinks & to froth milk (i think) on top of your hot drinks.

      I also like Hot 'cocoa' with milk. It just tastes like water if there isn't at least some milk in it. (we to are a 2% house) but to me up to whole milk or cremer can be put it in it. The creamier tasting the better. (& I LOVE mini mellows on top)

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      spider-girl 5 years ago

      Bookmarking!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      NOM NOMMMM

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      tasos30fullou 5 years ago

      better than coffee!

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      MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

      Cadbury hot chocolate is my favorite, but I've never tried making my own. Next time I'm at the store...

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      knitter82 5 years ago

      oh, the frozen hot chocolate sounds so good...even if it is freezing outside!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I do love chocolate, hot or cold. My favorite is made with home made mix, a recipe similar to yours from Martha Stewart ... mmmmm. Add a dab of whipped cream or big dollop of Marshmallow Fluff and I'm in heaven.

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      Lenskeeper 5 years ago

      I use rice milk for my hot chocolate, but I'm going to try the mocha power in it as well. Thanks for the idea!

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      Sounds really good! I can't remember when I had hot chocolate last. Good job!

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      sojourner-1 5 years ago

      Coffee is my first love, but at times I cheat and get a little white chocolate at night.

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      A lens after my own heart! Here's an Chocolatey-blessing (with whipped cream on top).

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      BananaSlug 5 years ago

      Any mix that asks for water, I usually add milk. So rich!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      The Mixing Trick is genius. I had never thought to do it that way, well done. I do like your introduction image, it is just beautiful. Thanks

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      Image Girl 5 years ago

      There's a store here that adds chili pepper in! Nice lens!

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      JeanJohnson LM 5 years ago

      I love coffee, but sometimes a chocolatey cup of hot cocoa can really hit the spot!

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      rockhardtreats1 5 years ago

      Great article when you're CRAVING hot chocolate on a cold January day like today

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      embrycreations 5 years ago

      I like all types of hot chocolate! The homemade recipe looks like something I am going to try!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      nice lens! thumbs up!

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      shandigp 5 years ago

      If the hot chocolate is particularly sweet I add a touch of sea salt to the top. It brings out the fruity cocoa flavor while making the sweetness, which is often too much for me, more enjoyable (think a dark chocolate covered pretzel).

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      qbessi 5 years ago

      I love hot chocolate

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      Alethia LM 5 years ago

      Mmmm... me hungry! How on earth can someone make that leaf pattern on top of the chocolate? I saw it in the Green Hornet movie and I've wanted to learn ever since!

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      Now making hot chocolate... well, my version. Coffee with a whole packet of hot chocolate and a shot of half Baileys Irish Cream and half Frangelico .

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      ultrascati95 5 years ago

      Read this lens made me hungry xD i will ask my mumto make a cup of chocolate right now :D Thank you for these important advice i will add this lens to favourites so that i can come here to read all these delicious recipes :P YAMMI! Squidliked ;)

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I loved it so much...that's what I named my dog! Delicious lens!

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      dealnation 5 years ago

      Love me HoCho!

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      JZinoBodyArt 5 years ago

      Omnomnom! Bookmarking this for a snow day! Great lens :D

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      RuthCoffee 5 years ago

      I need to try some of your tips. When I get hot chocolate when I'm out somewhere I'm always disappointed. It's basically brown hot water. Bleck! Then I tried some hot cocoa (don't remember where) and it was like hot sugar water. Nothing chocolate in either case. Guess I need to try to make my own at home.

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      maytheforcebewi 5 years ago

      Love this.

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      Daphsam LM 5 years ago

      So so good! I am going to fix this for me and the family! Thank you for this lens!

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      buttercupguinea 5 years ago

      This lens makes my mouth water,

      I going to drink some hot chocolate right now!

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      Rokzalo 5 years ago

      That looks wonderful :)

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      TiannasCafe 5 years ago

      These recipes sound delicious! Gotta go to the store now so I can have some :) Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens, well done! :)

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Sounds so good! I really want one now.

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      KittKattz 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens, especially the recipes! Am going to make a batch of the Basic Hot Cocoa Mix tonight.

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      Heather Bradford 5 years ago from Canada

      Take the recipe to a new level by using rapadura sugar and organic cocoa. Divine! Great lens. Thanks!

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      BlowDryBar 5 years ago

      Hot chocolate will be around forever!

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      nightbear lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful!! Love hot chocolate made with milk. And a dollop of whip cream. Nothing better. Blessed!

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      raincoats 5 years ago

      Yum. I've been looking for a good from-scratch recipe for hot chocolate.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kids are going to love me for finding this lens. Thanks!

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      TheHealthCabin 5 years ago

      I'm sticking the kettle on now :) Great lens, Thank you.

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      indigomoth 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I love this stuff.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for these recipes. I love hot chocolate, especially Mexican

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      vividviolet 5 years ago

      I am so trying that!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      I love ANYTHING chocolate!

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      I enjoy a good cup of hot chocolate second only to the perfect cup of coffee. So true about being careful not to overheat (boil) the milk when preparing. Great lens!

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      phpdeveloperindia 5 years ago

      I Love it

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Great lens! I want to try many of these!

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      normandes 5 years ago

      Lovely lens, just pick this lens to finish my chocolate quest :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love chocolate!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips and delicious hot chocolate recipes.

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      girlwiththeumbr 5 years ago

      Yum! I love hot chocolate. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yummy too sweet

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      Peter Murray 5 years ago from Izmir, Turkey

      I just had a hot chocolate before reading this lens. Now I want another one.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! The tips are amazing and i will try them out.

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      thehometeam ire 5 years ago

      liquid gold...mmmm!!!

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      Shana rios Chavez 5 years ago

      yummy yummy yummy

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Great photos - yummy recipes!

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      rayray131 5 years ago

      great lens for a cold day.

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      Lisa Morris 5 years ago

      Wonderful, I love chocolate. Great lens.

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      jadp27 5 years ago

      hot chocolate on a cold winter day is just perfect!

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      davenjilli lm 5 years ago

      oh yum, I have sworn off sweets but hot chocolate doesn't really count as sweets does it? Isn't chocolate a food group of its own?

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      ChristineSama 5 years ago

      I want to have them all!

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      Shadrosky 5 years ago

      Very good tips on here! Nice!

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      Ursel001 5 years ago

      Super!

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      RebeccaE 5 years ago

      I am delighted and very much wanting a hot chocolate after this!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I adore hot chocolate. Thanks for the great info!

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      HotChocolateBliss 5 years ago

      Yum! Some great ideas for my favorite drink. :-)

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love hot chocolate! The MOST hot chocolate I ever made at one time was during a recess in a 6th grade age boys soccer tournament. It was a very cold day, too cold for my team and the visiting team to stand around for 2 hours outside for their next game, so I took them all, along with their coaches, back to my house for endless rounds of hot chocolate to warm them up! :). Nothing like it! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nothing beats a warm cuppa hot chocolate on a cold day!

      Blessed by a Squidoo Angel

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      HarrietC LM 5 years ago

      what do you know? The perfect lens to stumble upon on a cold and rainy afternoon! Thanks ^_^

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Hot or cold, you can't miss with chocolate! I like presented variations of flavors:)

      Thumbs up!

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      winelove 4 years ago

      I love hot chocolate! It's such a great comfort food!

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      Drinking chocolate is really awesome whether if it is hot or cold. Hope to have one of the hot chocolate maker in the future. Good lens!

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      fbnaturals 4 years ago

      Hot chocolate is best in these cold months! Definitely accumulating a stash!

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      MBCOnline 4 years ago

      We love hot chocolate! Thanks for this great lens!

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      greatgifts4u 4 years ago

      Great lens - love the Tweety mug!

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      Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      Great lens for any chocolate fan! :)

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      TheGardenGuys 4 years ago

      I just had hot chocolate out of a packet (with boiling water) as I was reading this..... It just wastn't the same :(

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      Euryale Sinclair 4 years ago from The Left Coast

      @TheGardenGuys: I hear you.... I hear you...

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      rosiembanks 4 years ago

      Mmm, this lens made my mouth water! I grew up with skimmed milk but I love using higher-fat milk in hot chocolate for a special treat!

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Yum.

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      halvmarathonJes 3 years ago

      Tasty. I'm gonna try this out after Copenhagen 2014.

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      Owen Barry 3 years ago

      Great lens. Have bookmarked for future use!

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      M. Victor Kilgore 3 years ago

      Love it with milk and marshmallows...what a tasty lens.

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      mansfisa44 3 years ago

      Straight Up!

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