A child’s favorite drink, but adults can usually be persuaded, as well. It’s rich and warm and coats your insides all the way down with creamy goodness, chocolaty and succulent, a melt-in-your-mouth delight.
One of life’s simple pleasures. It’s the perfect drink on a cold rainy night, or when you’re sitting by the campfire telling stories. Toss a marshmallow in there and the evening is complete.
These recipes are both satisfying but give a slightly different result. Try them both and see which you prefer.
Hot Chocolate #1
1/2 c water
3 T cocoa
4 T sugar
1 1/2 c milk or half & half
- Mix the water, cocoa, and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until the cocoa is smooth.
- Bring it to a boil and slowly add the milk, stirring to combine.
Hot Chocolate #2
Makes 10 cups
This second recipe comes from Cook’s Country magazine, one of my favorite publications.
2 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c heavy cream
- Put the chocolate, cream, and salt into a large bowl and microwave in 30 second increments, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth, a total of about 2 minutes.
- Put the bowl into the refrigerator for a couple of hours to firm it up.
- Roll the chocolate into 3” balls (you should end up with 10 balls), wrap individually in plastic wrap, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
- When you’re ready for a cup of cocoa, unwrap 1 chocolate ball and put it into a mug with 1 cup of milk.
- Microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, until smooth and hot, about 2 minutes.