Delicious Winter Hot Chocolate

 

The best libation on a cold winter night. Or whenever you want hot chocolate.

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • 12 oz of your favorite milk (I used 1%, but any milk will work. Fattier the milk, creamier the chocolate)

  • 1 tablespoon of 100% natural unsweetened cacao (I used Hershey’s because that’s what I had on hand – I am not advertising for Hersey)

  • 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

  • 2 finger pinch of salt

  • 2 finger pinch of ground cinnamon

HOW TO DO IT

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small pot and place on medium low heat.

  2. When you start, the cacao doesn’t really dissolve well in the milk. Just keep on stirring continuously, and the heat will help dissolve everything together

  3. Heat until everything is nicely dissolved, but don’t boil. You want to be able to drink this! If you want to get technical, I cooked mine to 180 degrees F which was nice and warm, but not lava hot.

  4. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!

Happy eating/drinking!

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As far as brutally cold winters go, one good thing about them is that they give you an excuse to start a fire, cuddle in your favorite blanket, and sip on a delicious hot chocolate. I am here today to show you that you can make a delicious hot chocolate with just a few ingredients and a little bit of patience. Once you make this, you will kiss those little premade packets goodbye for ever. And when you realize how easy and delicious this hot chocolate is, you’ll find other reasons besides the winter to make it.  

Just a quick note - adding salt to hot chocolate might seem weird, and I totally understand. BUT, salt is a flavor enhancer. As an experiment, take a piece of your favorite chocolate and put a little bit of salt on it. The chocolate will taste more chocolatey (is that even a word?) The same goes for a hot chocolate here. Adding a little bit of salt will enhance the chocolate flavor.

I am also aware that not everyone loves cinnamon the way I do. Adding just a pinch provides a very subtle cinnamon aroma that works brilliantly in hot chocolate. But if you don't like cinnamon, feel free to omit it.