Make Your Perfect Hot Chocolate
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.
Do you need a Hot Chocolate Maker?
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.
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.
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?
A Hot Chocolate Cookbook
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.
Hot Chocolate Recipes - variations on the theme of hot chocolate
- Mexican Hot Chocolate
This is serious chocolate. This very rich drink is almost a dessert in of itself. It makes the perfect late night drink with cookies as well as a great finish to the meal. Don't skip any steps and throw the eggs right into the chocolate. You will hav
- My Most Decadent Hot Chocolate
Throw away that mix in the can. OK, you don't have to throw it away...just save it for the kids. When you want a luscious decadent chocolate drink, this is the one for you. Try the variations for something heavenly as well. This recipe doubles and tr
- Fiesta Hot Chocolate
Makes 4 cups or mugs. Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon sticks.
- White Christmas Hot Chocolate
Nonalholic Drinks, Holiday Drinks, White Christmas Hot Chocolate
- Drinking Chocolate on StarChefs
Increasing numbers of venues-from high-end restaurants to more casual places, and from gourmet and chain bakeries to specialty chocolate stores-are featuring drinking chocolates on their menus.
- Drinking Chocolate recipe
A delicious recipe for Drinking Chocolate, with heavy cream, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate and whipped cream. Also lists similar drink recipes.
- Drink Up: Ginger-Spiced Hot Cocoa
A spicy and savory variation of hot chocolate
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
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.
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.
~ 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
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...
White Hot Chocolate Recipes - highlighting luscious white chocolate
- White Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe - Hot Beverage Mixes Recipes
This delicious white hot chocolate mix recipe is fabulous to give as a gift during the holidays.
- RecipeSource: White Hot Chocolate
Be sure to use a top-quality white chocolate instead of a "coating chocolate." Daskalides, Callebaut and Lindt are good choices, available at specialty markets.
- Martha Stewart's White Hot Chocolate - Oprah.com
What better way to warm your heart than a steaming cup of hot chocolate!
- White-Hot Hot Chocolate
"Hot chocolate could warm you up on a cold day, but what about those unmercifully cold sub-zero days? This recipe uses a combination of spices and creamy chocolate to create a smooth drink with a lingering warmth. Garnish with a candy cane or cinnamo
- Recipe for White Hot Chocolate.
Made from a luscious mixture of white chocolate with just a hint of milk chocolate, this decadent drink is sure to please. Use the best chocolate you can find for the best results - especially for the white chocolate.
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
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.
Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipes - the deliciousness of cocoa on ice for hot weather
- Serendipity 3 Frozen Hot Chocolate
Recipe for Serendipity's Frozen Hot Chocolate, a cool twist on a hot favorite
- Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe
Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe from GroupRecipes.com. This makes one HUGE frozen hot chocolate.
- How to Make Frozen Hot Chocolate - wikiHow
During the summertime, the last thing on our mind is sitting down and having a steaming mug of hot chocolate. But sometimes that winter craving just won't go away. Here's how to enjoy the snowy day treat without getting heat stroke.