I’ve been quite rude as of lately to not say anything…and for that, I’m sorry! How are you doing this evening? Matt has been studying a lot more; getting tested on the more medical aspects of firefighting, like “EMR” (emergency medical responder) and “HAZMAT”. We often relax together over a cup of loose leaf tea in the evenings, but tonight he wanted something else to satisfy his sweet tooth. He was craving hot chocolate, and well, we didn’t have any! I know, I know….it should probably be a staple in one’s pantry once the cold month’s are upon us. No hot chocolate was to be found but I wanted to make him one anyway. So today I’m going to pass on my recipe for making hot chocolate from scratch to y’all 😀 .
I actually had to do a few test batches to figure it out since I’ve always eyeballed the ingredients and never followed a specific recipe. I’ll try to be a little more exact.
Here is what I came up with in my non-test kitchen ;).
The Perfect Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe:
1 Tbsp Hershey’s cocoa powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1 3/4 cups skim milk
1/4 cup skim milk (to be used separately from other milk)
1.) Stir together cocoa powder and white sugar in a medium saucepan.
The cocoa powder is going to be lumpy, but that’s ok. Just mix it up as best as you can.
2.) Add the 1/4 cup milk.
See how they don’t want to come together? We’re going to force them to!
3.) Force them together by applying heat. Bring the mixture to a low boil over medium – high heat, stirring constantly.
4.) I let it boil for a minute or two, until the sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. Be sure to stir! Don’t let it burn!
P.S. – Is there anything more beautiful than boiling chocolate ;). YUM!
5.) Once it’s all mixed together, I add the rest of the milk. I’m not going to lie – I didn’t really measure this milk. (I just wanted it to be enough for 2 cups – 1 for Matt and 1 for moi). If you like super sweet hot chocolate than add less than 1 3/4 cup, and if you like less sweet, add more. This recipe is totally flexible, guys!
6.) Since you added cold milk, you’ll (obviously) need to turn up the heat to get it back up to the right temperature. You can let it simmer on the stove for as long as you’d like.
And that’s it!
The trickiest part about this entire recipe is pouring it from the saucepan into mugs. You can do it carefully over the sink, or I just use a ladle.
Marshmallows and candy canes are optional! If you want to add a little somethin’, somethin’ and kick it up a notch, you can add a drop of (doTERRA) peppermint essential oil to each cup. I haven’t done it yet myself, but I have tried it and it’s delightful!!
However you have it – enjoy!