Now is the perfect time to make hot chocolate at home. And here’s the secret to making it as creamy and rich as possible: milk.
That’s because milkfat and milk minerals enhance the cocoa flavor. Whether you make it with chocolate chips (like in the recipe below) or with a mix containing cocoa powder, milk provides the ultimate smooth flavor. Hot cocoa is our best friend this winter, thanks to this recipe from Rebecca Andexler.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 cups whole milk or fat level of choice
2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips*
3 teaspoons vanilla extract**
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Optional garnish: whipped cream, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, shaved chocolate
- Combine sugar and cocoa powder in a medium, heavy-bottom pot and whisk until evenly combined. Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer on stovetop over low heat.
- Stir in chocolate chips, vanilla extract and salt and stir constantly until chocolate is completed melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings as desired.
* If a sweeter, creamier hot chocolate is desired, swap in milk chocolate chips for semi-sweet.
** For peppermint hot chocolate, reduce vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add an additional 1 teaspoon peppermint extract