Homemade Hot Chocolate & Fixings

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Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix & Fixings

The other day on Facebook I had shared an article from Mother Nature Network titled 7 Health Benefits of Drinking Hot Cocoa. Fans and I agree that we certainly don’t need to be told twice that drinking hot chocolate is a good idea. There are some days I put in that little extra effort when I make a cup. A bit of homemade whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, and some shredded chocolate bits make for a heavenly cup of liquid chocolate. Someone just grab me an afghan, a book, and my cat and I am good-to-go.

The basic recipe for hot chocolate mix is quite easy. The difficulty is sampling cup after cup in the name of perfecting the recipe. Don't worry, I did it for you.

Being a savvy (and frugal) girl, I knew making hot chocolate myself was something I could figure out. Turns out the basic recipe for hot chocolate mix is quite easy. The difficulty is sampling cup after cup after cup in the name of perfecting the recipe. Don’t worry, I did all the hard work for you.

Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 c. Milk (or milk substitute)
  • 1/2 c. Sugar
  • 1/3 c. Water
  • 1/4 c. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt

Instructions

  1. Mix cocoa powder, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add water and put sauce pan on medium heat.
  3. Stir constantly until chocolate mixture comes to a boil. Continue boiling for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in milk and heat until it reaches the desired temperature (do not boil!).
  5. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract.

The basic recipe for hot chocolate mix is quite easy. The difficulty is sampling cup after cup in the name of perfecting the recipe. Don't worry, I did it for you.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Toppings

As I said, I love whipped cream on my cocoa with some chocolate shavings sprinkled on top. There are so many ways to dress up your hot chocolate. Here are a few ideas for you:

You may also enjoy  Rolled Oat Sandwich Cookies with Caramel Apple Frosting

Now, because I care about the blood flow and oxygen going to your brain, and your ability to think clearly, I insist you stop what you’re doing and go make a cup of cocoa. Trust me, you’ll thank me.

The basic recipe for hot chocolate mix is quite easy. The difficulty is sampling cup after cup in the name of perfecting the recipe. Don't worry, I did it for you.

 

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I am a non-traditional homesteader. What is a non-traditional homesteader? I'd like to think we are the people who don't fit the mold. I am a busy mom on a small bit of property with not a lot of financial resources, but I am figuring out how to live the life I want. A homesteader's life.

Comments

Homemade Hot Chocolate & Fixings — 11 Comments

  1. I cannot wait until it gets chilly enough for some hot chocolate! (And you know what’s really good on top of hot chocolate? Vanilla ice cream. Yes.) This is a great recipe Jess! Thanks for sharing on the Homestead Blog Hop!

  2. Here in NZ we have other Irish creams than Bailey’s. It doesn’t matter, hot chocolate, Irish cream (or a shot of vodka for fewer carbs) and some soy milk for the benefits of soy. And in summer? Put into the blender: 1 Tbsp peanut butter, some cocoa, stevia (or chosen sweetener), 1/2 to 1 banana (frozen if possible). Use your chosen glass or mug and fill with ice cubes. Now pour in your milk, soy beverage or chosen liquid to just below the ice cubes. Add a shot or two of Irish cream (or vodka or . . . ). Pour into the blender and blend away. Personally once everything is blended I turn the blender off while I refill the ice cube trays and tidy up the kitchen. One more quick whirl in the blender, fill your glass or mug with delicious ‘chocolate milkshake’ and enjoy! Thank you for a wonderful view into your lifestyle. As a young mom I raised my three daughters on a 47 acre farm/ranch in northern California. Namaste

  3. You forgot the Baileys’ — that’s what I like to add to hot cocoa. Not a lot. Maybe a 1/2 ounce. Their caramel flavoured Baileys’ is perfect, and I omit the sugar and just put 1 tsp of cocoa powder in the cup with boiling water and a dollop of organic cream. Then Baileys’.

  4. Oh yum!! I’ve been craving hoot chocolate all week. Now I’ll just have to break down and make a pot. I approve of the addition of book, blanket and cat(s).

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