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Creamy Hot Chocolate

Homemade creamy hot chocolate has a smoother texture and richer flavor than the powdered mixes, without needing much more effort. 

A mug of creamy hot chocolate

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Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

I love hot chocolate. It's my go-to drink when I'm cold down to my bones and need to warm up. For a long time, I always had a box of those instant mix packets in my pantry, but I wondered how to make it from scratch.

I found out, it's really not that much harder! First, you make a thinner version of chocolate syrup by combining sugar and hot cocoa with boiling water. It's cooked at a boil to ensure that the sugar and cocoa powder dissolve, which really helps with the texture.

A mug of creamy hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and grated chocolate

Then you add a combination of milk and half-and-half, and warm it through to your ideal serving temperature. This recipe is very easy to scale up or down, depending on how many servings you need. To keep it warm for a party, pour it into a slow cooker and set the heat to "low."

Want to make your next cold-weather party really fun? Set up a whole hot chocolate bar! Set out flavored syrups (such as peppermint, hazelnut, vanilla, mocha, etc.), plus little bowls of mini marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and chocolate syrup, and let your guests get creative!

A mug of creamy hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows

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A mug of creamy hot chocolate topped with mini marshmallows

Creamy Hot Chocolate

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Homemade creamy hot chocolate has a smoother texture and richer flavor than the powdered mixes, without needing much more effort. 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Miniature marshmallows, sweetened whipped cream or cinnamon sticks, optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt.
  2. Add water; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in milk and light cream; heat to serving temperature (do not boil).
  4. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Whisk until frothy.
  5. If desired, garnish with marshmallows, cream or cinnamon sticks.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Saturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 8g

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