A Really Good Cup of Hot Chocolate!

       First snow today! There will be a need for a good cup of hot chocolate, and I’m ready.

After making snowmen and forts with my brothers on cold, blustery days, Mom would have steaming hot chocolate waiting for us! Nothing tasted better, and nothing warmed us more.

As an adult, I often made it two ways, one was with unsweetened cocoa powder and sugar and milk, the way my mother made it, built-in memories with every sip. The other method was simple – melt really good chocolate into warm milk, much more decadent, but on the expensive side.

The Cocoa Contest Resulted in a Tie

While trying to figure out which one I liked best, I made both batches, sampled them, Droste cocoaand had everyone else sample them to mixed reviews. In fact, we had a tie, even with the kids. With quite a bit left over from both, I blended them together in a canning jar to chill and become chocolate milk for the kids. Before putting it away, I tasted this merger, and loved it better than either separately! So here we go!

I used Droste Dutch processed cocoa here, one of the house staples. Start with 2 tbsp. and taste, you might like yours a little darker, and this is all about making it your way. I used 2% milk here, but you can also use any % or a non-dairy milk. If you like things sweeter, use milk chocolate or increase the sugar. While a little really good chocolate is a nice indulgence now and then, but you can also use baking chips here.

Better than Mom’s Hot Chocolate

In a medium saucepan over medium low, heat and stir with a whisk:

  • 2 -3 tbsp. unsweetened Droste cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. organic white sugar
  • 3 cups milk, any percentage
  • Pinch of salt

Heat until the milk starts to steam then add:

  • 4 ounces (or a little more) bittersweet chocolate, chopped

            Continue whisking until the chocolate is melted, but do not let this boil.

            Remove from heat and pour into cups. If you really want to be naughty, top with a bit of whipped cream.

At Christmastime, we like to add a candy cane to each cup to flavor the chocolate and act like a stirrer. You can also toss a few Andes mints in with the dark chocolate. For the adults, you can add a splash of peppermint schnapps as well

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Alicia says:

    I never though about melting chocolate to make a cup of cocoa. I usually just use a powdered mix, but I bet this tastes a lot better. Maybe I don’t know what I’ve been missing.

    1. Give it a try! You won’t want to go back to the mix. Good luck, and thanks for commenting!

  2. Kathryn says:

    It’s wonderful how aroma’s and tastes take us back…where as it’s a bit warm here for hot chocolate (which I love) I have just finished making a batch of my Christmas Mince for the obligatory Christmas Mince Tarts…I am transported instantly to my Nanna’s kitchen 😊. Enjoy the snow!❄️☃️

    1. Thank you for you comments Kathryn! How wonderful that you make the Christmas Mince tarts. These connections are better than a time machine keeping memories alive, and that’s what it’s all about!

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