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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

 
This is hot chocolate (or drinking chocolate), not hot cocoa. What’s the difference, you ask? Hot cocoa is made by adding hot water or hot milk to a powdered mix of cocoa, often containing sweeteners, dried milk, and flavoring. Hot chocolate is created by melting chocolate (either from a bar or chips) in milk.

The difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa is not only in the method and ingredients, it’s in the flavor and texture as well. I find many of the hot cocoa mixes to be quite sweet and lacking in good flavor and somewhat thin. Hot chocolate, on the other hand, is rich and creamy and deep. The chocolate flavor takes center stage, not the sweetener or artificial flavorings. It’s so rich that I find that I can’t drink very much of it! Granted, you can make some excellent hot cocoa by mixing it yourself. But it lacks the depth of flavor and wonderful texture of hot chocolate.

Last winter I tried hot chocolate for the first time. I was won over instantly. It was so thick and smooth that it felt like I was drinking chocolate pudding.

Now get into your kitchen and try it out! It’s so easy to make.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

You’ll need 6 simple ingredients: whole milk, cream, a little sweetener (I used demerara, but you can use anything you like), a bit of salt, pure vanilla extract, and some good-quality chocolate (I used 70% cacao, but you could use something sweeter if you prefer).

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

Begin by chopping up your favorite chocolate nice and fine. You want to chop it up quite a bit so it melts easily.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

Heat the milk and cream to a low simmer, whisking occasionally. You don’t want to scorch your milk. Add your sweetener, salt, and chocolate.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

Whisk in the vanilla extract.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly. The hot chocolate will thicken a bit as it cooks.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Homemade Hot Chocolate. Guest post and recipe from Erica Kastner of Cooking for Seven.

Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy all by itself or with a dollop of whipped cream or some good marshmallows. Prepare for some major enjoyment!

Note: If you find this hot chocolate to be too rich, you could try replacing the cream with milk.

You can check out my original post on my blog, or view the recipe below.

 
 

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Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4

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Description

Real hot chocolate, made with dark chocolate and whole milk. It’s like drinking chocolate pudding.

Ingredients

  • 3-½ cups Whole Milk
  • ½ cups Heavy Cream
  • 8 ounces, weight Chocolate (preferably Dark)
  • 3 teaspoons Maple Syrup Or Natural Sweetener Of Choice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt

Preparation Instructions

1. Chop the chocolate very finely.

2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.

3. Add the chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.

4. Serve with whipped cream, if desired.

 
 
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Newly-married Erica Kastner shares her wonderful recipes and amazing food photography on her blog, Cooking for Seven. She also writes about crafts and posts more of her beautiful photography in her personal blog, EricaLea.com. There really isn’t much that this amazing young lady can’t do, and we’re thrilled she does some of it here.

 

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karen on 12.3.2011

Oh my is this ever good. We made this last night for the 2nd time. I’d never had hot chocolate before – only hot cocoa. This is so rich and good. 6 oz in a cup with a candy cane is more than satisfying: http://twitpic.com/7nbiu5

Last night, I just broke the dark chocolate bar (Lindt 70% cocoa) into squares and tossed into heated milk, cream, etc. There was no difference at all — no need to finely chop chocolate. Brought to a boil, then simmered, softly boiling, for 4 minutes.

This recipe is zipping around our family at warp speed – thank you!

Girls' Guide to Guns and Butter on 12.1.2011

I made a drink based on this recipe today, although I went with unsweetened chocolate cause that’s what I had on hand and extra sugar. It was wonderful – but why would you bother chopping the chocolate? It makes perfectly well without the extra mess/effort. Everyone loved it, thanks for sharing!

Dee on 12.1.2011

I’m going to try this with almond milk and coconut cream. I think I can get the same chocolate in this teeny tiny town. My husband will flip! Thanks for the awesome recipe! It’s supposed to snow tonight, so it should be cold enough to enjoy a delightful hot beverage!

LaurenM on 12.1.2011

Oh my stars….. I must try this as soon as humanly possible! I make a homemade hot cocoa mix every year that is really good, but has a long list of ingredients. It ends up being creamy and rich, but it can get pricey. I bet that this will be my new go-to recipe!

Suzanne on 12.1.2011

That looks really good!!!!