How To Make Hot Chocolate 3 Ways December 22, 2017
Three simple recipes for the season’s coziest treat.
From the comfiest spot on your couch to the snowiest ski lodge, stay warm this winter with a steaming mug of deliciously sweet flavor. Sure, you could stick to the traditional kind. Or, you could spice things up with caramel or rum. With these easy recipes, you simply can’t go wrong.
1. Classic Hot Chocolate
Makes 3 Servings
- For the hot chocolate:
- 3 Cups Milk
- 4 Ounces Dark Chocolate (bittersweet or semisweet, to taste)
- 2 Sticks Cinnamon
- 3 Teaspoons Honey
- 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- For the whipped cream:
- 1 Cup Whipping Cream
- 1 Ounce Sugar
- Heat milk in a saucepan, adding chocolate (in small pieces), cinnamon sticks, honey, and sugar.
- Beat gently until chocolate is melted.
- Add vanilla and mix well with a small hand whisk.
- Remove cinnamon sticks and let cool slightly before pouring.
- Add whipped cream ingredients to bowl and use a mixer to whip until high peaks form and the consistency is firm and fluffy, about 1 minute.
2. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Use your favorite salted caramel sauce from the store, or make your own to drizzle like a pro.
Makes 6 Servings
- 2.5 Ounces Unsalted Butter
- 1.5 Ounces Light Brown Sugar
- 1.5 Ounces Castor Sugar
- 1.5 Ounces Golden Syrup
- .5 Cups Whipped Cream
- 1 Teaspoon Fleur De Sel*
- Melt butter, sugars, and syrup in a small pan and let simmer 3 minutes, swirling regularly.
- Add cream and half teaspoon of fleur de sel, and swirl another minute.
- Add more fleur de sel to taste.
- Let cool slightly before pouring over hot chocolate.
*Don’t have fleur de sel on hand? Don’t fret. Read up on three other types of salt to achieve the perfect balance of sweet-savory deliciousness.
3. Spiked Hot Chocolate
Simply add 1 ounce rum to the classic hot chocolate base to give your mug a little kick.
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