Indulge in the ultimate homemade hot chocolate, bursting with rich, creamy cocoa flavor, topped with marshmallows and whipped cream. Made effortlessly with unsweetened cocoa powder and real dark chocolate, it promises unmatched comfort and velvety smoothness.
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Why you'll love this hot chocolate
This warm chocolate drink is certainly the most appreciated drink by everyone, children and grown-ups alike. It is a delicious chocolate drink that can be drunk both hot and iced, there are so many different recipes that everyone can find something they like.
- Perfectly Indulgent: Hot chocolate with marshmallows is a delightful treat made from a blend of cocoa, chocolate, and milk, with the option to sweeten it to your liking. Topping it off with marshmallows creates a harmonious combination that's both comforting and indulgent.
- Quick and Easy: This recipe is incredibly easy and quick to prepare, requiring just a few common pantry ingredients. With just 10 minutes, you can whip up this warm and satisfying drink, making it ideal for sharing with loved ones on chilly days.
- Cozy and Enjoyable: There's nothing quite like sipping on a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows to create a cozy and enjoyable atmosphere. Whether you're snuggled up indoors or gathered around a fire, this drink is a delightful companion for moments of warmth and togetherness.
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Ingredients you need
*You will find the quantities and complete instructions in the recipe card at the end of the page.
- Milk Variety: Opt for whole milk or 2% milk to achieve a creamier texture in your hot chocolate. For an even richer and thicker consistency, consider using a mixture of half milk and half heavy cream.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: Ensure you use unsweetened cocoa powder, not the sweetened breakfast cocoa mix with added sugar.
- Sweetening Options: Choose your preferred sweetener, such as granulated sugar, to add sweetness to your hot chocolate. For added flavor, experiment with flavored sugars like brown sugar. For a healthier alternative, consider using natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey.
- Chocolate Selection: Use semi-sweet chocolate chips or bars for a classic hot chocolate flavor. If you prefer a more intense chocolate taste, opt for bittersweet chocolate. You can also customize your hot chocolate by replacing dark chocolate with milk chocolate or even white chocolate for a unique twist.
- Vanilla Extract: Enhance the flavor of your hot chocolate with either powdered or liquid vanilla extract. Alternatively, you can use the seeds from half a vanilla bean for a natural vanilla flavor.
How to make homemade hot chocolate
Blend cocoa mixture
- Place unsweetened cocoa powder with powdered sugar and vanilla (optional) in a saucepan.
- Pour the milk on top and heat over medium heat until it boil.
- Then add the chocolate pieces and stir until they are completely melted.
- Boil on low heat for about 5 minutes while stirring occasionally with a spoon.
- Pour the chocolate milk into your mug.
Homemade Whipped Cream
- Place heavy cream and confectioner's sugar in a medium bowl.
- Beat with an electric whisk for 3-4 minutes at medium speed until you have a thick whipped cream.
- Pour the whipped cream over the hot chocolate, sprinkle with cocoa powder and add mini marshmallows.
- And enjoy!
- Chocolate Shavings: Garnish your hot chocolate with chocolate shavings or curls for an extra burst of chocolate flavor and an elegant presentation following my homemade chocolate curls recipe.
- Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle homemade salted butter caramel sauce over the whipped cream for a sweet and gooey contrast to the rich chocolate.
- Cinnamon or Nutmeg Sprinkle: A dash of ground cinnamon or nutmeg on top of your hot chocolate can add warmth and a hint of spice to the flavor profile.
- Crushed Peppermint Candy: Crushed peppermint candies or candy canes make a festive and minty topping, perfect for the holiday season.
- Chocolate Syrup: Create decorative patterns on the whipped cream by drizzling chocolate syrup over it.
- Cocoa Powder Dusting: Lightly dust the top of your hot chocolate with cocoa powder for a rustic and cocoa-rich finish.
- Add a Cinnamon Stick or Candy Cane Stirrer: Place a cinnamon stick or candy cane into your hot chocolate as a stirrer. It infuses subtle flavors and looks charming.
Tips for this recipe
- Use Quality Chocolate: Opt for high-quality chocolate or cocoa powder to ensure a rich and satisfying flavor in your hot chocolate.
- Mix with Milk: For a creamy and indulgent hot chocolate, use milk instead of water. Whole milk or 2% milk works well. You can also create an even creamier texture by mixing half milk and half heavy cream.
- Select the Right Chocolate: Experiment with different types of chocolate to vary the taste. Semi-sweet chocolate chips or bars are classic choices, while bittersweet chocolate adds a deeper chocolate flavor. Milk chocolate or white chocolate can be used for a unique twist.
- Heat Gently: Heat the mixture over medium-low heat to avoid scorching the milk or chocolate. Stir constantly to prevent burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Serve Hot: Hot chocolate is best enjoyed piping hot, so serve it immediately after preparation.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate: Add a splash of peppermint extract or crush peppermint candies to create a refreshing and minty twist.
Mexican Hot Chocolate: Spice up your hot chocolate with a pinch of ground cinnamon, a dash of cayenne pepper, and a touch of vanilla for a Mexican-inspired flavor.
Mocha Hot Chocolate: Mix in a shot of espresso or strong coffee to create a mocha-infused hot chocolate with a caffeinated kick.
White Hot Chocolate: Replace dark chocolate with white chocolate for a rich and creamy white hot chocolate.
Nutella Hot Chocolate: Add a spoonful of Nutella hazelnut spread to your hot chocolate for a decadent and nutty flavor.
Irish Cream Hot Chocolate: Add a splash of Irish cream liqueur for a creamy and boozy hot chocolate.
FAQ - Frequently asked questions
What is the difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa?
Hot chocolate is typically made with melted chocolate or cocoa powder and milk or cream, resulting in a richer and creamier beverage. Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder, sugar, and milk or water and tends to be lighter in flavor and texture.
How can I make dairy-free hot chocolate?
You can make dairy-free hot chocolate by using non-dairy milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. Be sure to choose unsweetened versions for more control over sweetness.
How can I make hot chocolate less sweet?
To make hot chocolate less sweet, you can reduce the amount of sugar or sweetener in the recipe. You can also choose unsweetened cocoa powder and adjust the sweetness to your taste.
How to make a thick hot chocolate?
You can thicken hot chocolate by using a mix of heavy cream and milk. Simply combine the two dairy products and gradually add the mixture to your hot chocolate while stirring until it reaches the desired thickness.
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