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Winter Evening Hot Chocolate

This is not your powdered hot chocolate mix, not even close!  This recipe really takes hot chocolate to the next level. I am talking “gourmet” hot chocolate at its best.  This rich, creamy Winter Evening Hot Chocolate is a perfect choice to warm you up on a cold winter night!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Recipe Ingredients For Winter Evening Hot Chocolate:

How to Make Winter Evening Hot Chocolate

  1. In a saucepan, combine milk and heavy cream. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Do not bring to a boil!
  2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, grated chocolate, and about 1/2 cup of the heated milk. Stir until smooth. Slowly add to the saucepan, whisking vigorously until completely combined.
  3. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.

 Why You’ll Love Winter Evening Hot Chocolate

  • Rich, creamy texture.
  • Pure chocolate bliss flavor. 
  • Creamy whipped topping.
  • Simple to make.
  • Everyone will love it.

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Hot Chocolate Variations:

  • Add butterscotch, peanut butter, or white chocolate chips
  • Toss in some mini marshmallows
  • Add a teaspoon of espresso powder or instant coffee
  • Measure a teaspoon of mint extract
  • Add colored sprinkles or candies
  • Use dark or semi-sweet chocolate instead of milk chocolate

Tips & Tricks

  • Do not allow milk and cream to boil.
  • Make sure you get a nice smooth paste of cocoa powder, chocolate shavings, and heated milk.
  • Use good quality milk chocolate for a rich chocolate taste. 
  • Whisk really well so you don’t get any lumps.

How to Store Hot Chocolate?

If you have leftover hot chocolate, which I doubt you will, you can easily pour it into a jar and place it in the fridge. When you are ready to drink it, pour it into a saucepan and reheat slowly.  You can also freeze the hot chocolate if you like. 

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I substitute a different kind of chocolate?

Yes, any kind of chocolate will work in hot chocolate. Feel free to use milk, dark, semi-sweet, or even white chocolate to make hot chocolate.

Do I Have To Use All The Different Kinds Of Milk?

Technically you can use any one kind of liquid to make hot chocolate but in this recipe, I have created a uniquely rich drink that requires different kinds of milk and cream. 

What Is The Difference Between Hot Cocoa And Hot Chocolate?

Cocoa tends to have a thinner consistency than hot chocolate though my guess is the terms are used interchangeably. 

Do You Use Hot Water Or Milk To Make Hot Chocolate?

You can use either hot water or milk to make hot chocolate but using a combination of milk and cream will give you a much richer tasting drink.  

 Do I Have To Add In The Cinnamon?

If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you can omit it.  

 Does Milk Need To Boil To Make Hot Chocolate?

No, the milk does not need to boil. In fact, you want to heat the milk mixture until it’s very hot but not boiling. 

What Kind Of Cocoa Is Best For Hot Chocolate? 

Though any kind of cocoa will work for hot chocolate I prefer to use Dutch-processed cocoa powder.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

If you love hot drinks on a cold night try these out:

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Winter Evening Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade hot chocolate never tasted better! This rich, creamy hot chocolate is perfect for a cold winter night!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate, grated
  • 14 ounces condensed milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine milk and heavy cream. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Do not bring to a boil!
  2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, grated chocolate, and about 1/2 cup of the heated milk. Stir until smooth. Slowly add to the saucepan, whisking vigorously until completely combined.
  3. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined. Simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 898Total Fat 46gSaturated Fat 28gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 138mgSodium 289mgCarbohydrates 103gFiber 3gSugar 95gProtein 22g

I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition values have been automatically generated. If you have questions, please have a professional look at the ingredients and help you with new values.

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