This weekend the temperatures are set to dip down low so I figured it’s time to bust out the hot chocolate! Today I am sharing my favorite homemade version, so creamy and rich it puts the hot cocoa packets in my cupboard to shame. Plus, it’s really not that much more work to make from scratch and the results are so decadent you will die and go to creamy hot chocolate heaven. You can also make the mix ahead and store it for later. Although, if you are capable of doing such a thing your willpower should be celebrated with a parade. Here is how you make my favorite hot chocolate recipe:
Decadent Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 ounces semi- or bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder, any kind you like
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or the seeds from a tiny segment of fresh vanilla bean
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt or 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until powdery or chop or grate the chocolate until it is as fine as you can get it, and stir it into the remaining ingredients. (Mixture keeps in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 months.)
Heat one cup of milk (coconut, almond or others would work here too) in a saucepan over medium heat until steamy. Add 3 tablespoons hot cocoa mix. Whisk over heat for another minute or two, until it begins to simmer and mix is completely dissolved. Pour into mug, top with mini-marshmallows or a dollop of whipped cream
Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen
What is your favorite way to enjoy hot chocolate? Homemade or store bought? Whipped cream or marshmallows? I’d love to hear your take! And be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls. You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!
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