Step into a world of comfort and warmth with this Classic Hot Chocolate recipe – a timeless elixir that transcends seasons and brings joy with every sip. This rich and velvety concoction is a celebration of simplicity, where the familiar embrace of whole milk meets the decadent allure of cocoa and chocolate.
- 1 saucepan
- 1 small bowl
- 1 mug
- 1 cup milk (or dairy free milk)
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
- ⅕ cup chocolate chips
- whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
- Heat the Milk: in a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until it's hot but not boiling. Stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming.
- Combine Cocoa Powder and Sugar: in a small bowl, whisk together the unsweetened cocoa powder and granulated sugar. This ensures the cocoa powder dissolves smoothly into the milk.
- Add Cocoa Mixture to Milk: gradually whisk the cocoa powder and sugar mixture into the hot milk. Continue to whisk to avoid lumps.
- Incorporate Chocolate: add the chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate to the milk mixture. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted and the hot chocolate becomes smooth and velvety.
- Simmer (Optional): if you prefer a slightly thicker hot chocolate, allow the mixture to simmer (but not boil) for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
- Serve: pour the hot chocolate into mugs. Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings if desired.
- Chocolate Variation: Experiment with different types of chocolate for varied flavor profiles, such as dark chocolate for a richer taste.
- Sweetness Level: Adjust the amount of sugar to your liking. Some may prefer a sweeter hot chocolate, while others enjoy a more intense chocolate flavor with less sugar.
- Dairy-Free Option: Substitute whole milk with your preferred non-dairy alternative like almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk.
- Flavor Enhancements: Consider adding a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or a shot of flavored syrup (such as peppermint or caramel) for extra depth.