I think everyone can agree that one of the best (if not, THE best) warming Winter drinks is a lovely cup of hot chocolate. When it’s getting cold I love nothing more than snuggling underneath a blanket, stretching out on the sofa with a film or book with a cup full of steaming hot chocolate. I have memories of growing up and my Mum would make me a ‘proper’ hot chocolate made with all milk, for a treat in the winter. I used to get a big bar of chocolate alongside it and dip it in until the chocolate was almost at melting point and eat it – gorgeous! Ever since, hot chocolate has always been my go-to winter/Christmas (hot) drink.
Over the years I have often searched for hot chocolate recipes and added bits to perfect it. So, I am sharing with you my ultimate hot chocolate recipe! Perfect for making cold nights that little bit nicer.
You Will Need:
600ml whole milk
142ml double cream
100g good quality chocolate, finely chopped or grated. Or 70g 70% cocoa choc and 30g good quality milk choc, finely chopped or grated
Optional extras – 1 cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Warm the milk in a saucepan, over a medium heat. I tend to bring it to boil and then simmer for a few seconds to make sure it’s a good heat. It doesn’t have to be whole milk, but that is my personal choice as I find it much creamier.
Get yourself some good quality chocolate! Stir the chocolate into the milk until it has melted and then whisk in the double cream. Keep it on the heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling.
At this point you could add 1 cinnamon stick and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Not only does it taste of Christmas but it smells divine! Christmas in a cup!
Pour into a Christmassy mug and enjoy! For a frothy finish, you could whisk before pouring. You could also top with some squirty cream and mini marshmallows – I certainly do!