Homemade hot chocolate is the easiest drink you can treat yourself with in winter. It’s chocolatey, creamy and luscious and so easy to make. This recipe is made with a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Adding the cocoa powder to hot water really brings out the flavor and dissolves well with the milk. The chocolate chips add the extra chocolate flavor and the creamy texture. This combination prevents the watery consistency of a hot chocolate that sometimes people complain of.
After some quick searches on the internet, I came to learn that this now popular drink was introduced to the New World from Mexico. Here is an interesting read about the history of hot chocolate https://www.history.com/news/hot-chocolate-for-strength
I used natural unsweetened cocoa powder. Adding the cocoa powder to the hot water blooms it. This helps dissolve the cocoa powder and intensifies the chocolate flavor.
For this recipe I used whole milk.
I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. Any good quality chocolate chips or a bar should be ok.
You can whip the heavy cream by hand like I did or use a handheld mixer. Make sure the heavy cream is chilled so it easily whips up.
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- 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ cup water
- 2 cups/16 oz. whole milk
- 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
- ¼ cup/1.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup/4 oz. heavy whipping cream, chilled
- Garnish: whipped cream, cocoa powder, marshmallows
- In a small mixing bowl, whip the chilled heavy cream till stiff peaks form. If you want sweet whipped cream add little sugar. You can do this with a handheld mixer or a whisk. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan bring the water to a boil. Add cocoa powder, whisk to breakup any lumps.
- Turn heat down and add milk, sugar and chocolate chips. Whisk to melt the chocolate chips and bring to a simmer.
- Serve with few dollops of whipped cream, dust of cocoa powder or add marshmallows.