I concocted, and perfected this Christmassy Hot Chocolate recipe last Winter, and it seems to taste even sweeter on the tastebuds this winter! It goes perfect with a hot fireplace, a cosy blanket, and your favorite Christmas movie playing on the TV whilst you’re surrounded by your loved ones this Christmas. Check out my recipe below… enjoy!
So let’s start out with the products you’ll need:
1. Choose your favourite, most chocolatiest hot cocoa/chocolate mix. One of my faves has to be Cadbury’s Fairtrade Hot chocolate featured below.
2. Additional (and optional) extras if you’re wanting to experiment with different flavors. Here, I’ve featured:
• Ground Cinnamon
• Ground Nutmeg
• Ground Ginger
3. Cinnamon Sticks for decor: perfect if you’re hosting, and want to add a rustic-feel to your Hot Chocolate.
4. Whipped Cream (and lots of it!)
5. Your favorite chocolate bar (optional)
6. Chocolate Shavings/Sprinkles for garnish (optional)
7. Your favorite mug/glass
LET’S GET STARTED!
1. Add the correct amount of hot chocolate to your glass (it should be stated on your Hot Chocolate/Cocoa packaging. Mine calls for 4 heaped teaspoons.
2. This step is optional depending on whether or not you’re adding additional flavor. If so, add as much or as little as you like. Here, I added half a teaspoon. (So for every 4 teaspoons, I added half a teaspoon of additional flavoring… I hope that makes sense!)
3. Next step, I poured the contents into a large mixing bowl. When the contents is emptied from the glass to the bowl, give it a quick stir with a spoon until the mixture is blended.
4. Next, pour 50 – 75ml of milk into the bowl. You want to have approx 50% of your glass still empty.
5. If you’re in a rush, you can completely skip this step, and simply mix everything together in your mug, but I find this step blends everything together so well, and adds extra foam to the Hot Chocolate. I like to use my electric whisk to mix the ingredients together – it makes the texture deliciously smooth, and eliminates any unwanted clumps of Hot Chocolate powder that may have otherwise slipped your eye.
6. Once whisked together, carefully pour back into your glass.
7. Carefully, add boiling water slowly whilst stirring it into the mixture. Keep pouring until it’s a few millimeters from full.
8. Add as much or as little whipped cream and one desires (I preferably opt for a lot).
9. Grab your favorite chocolate bar(s), break them into small pieces, put them in a bowl, and place in microwave. Depending on the power of your microwave, I’d say put the bowl in for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between. (If you prefer to melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water – by all means do so).
10. Once the chocolate is fully melted, carefully dribble the chocolate over the whipped cream – again, adding as much or as little as desired. (To complete this step, I simply used a teaspoon).
11. Add Cinnamon Sticks for garnish, sprinkle on your chocolate shavings, or even add one of your favorite chocolate bars to act as a stirrer (ultimately melting in the steamy Hot Chocolate, making it even chocolatier!)
12. Another one of my favorite things to do is to add a peppermint candy cane as garnish. Not only does it look super cute, and Christmassy, but it also adds a subtle, yet delicious flavor to the final taste.
As you can see, I pretty much dipped my face into the deliciousness.
I hope you try my hot chocolate recipe, and love it as much as I do! Let me know if you do, and if you added any additional flavorings to the mixture; I’d love to hear all about it!