Hot chocolate is a favorite comfort drink designed to bribe you to sleep, relax or simply enjoy something hot and sweet. It is opulent and can be restrained, but a low-cal hot chocolate is a contradiction and hardly worth considering.
Why would you bother? All genuine homemade hot chocolate recipes contain cocoa or chocolate, sometimes both. However, it is what you add to the base ingredients that makes all the difference.
Forget those fake hot chocolate powders you can buy and learn to make the real thing, just the way you like it.
Discover some of the best hot chocolate recipes ever conceived to get you started on the path to hot chocolate perfection.
The fabulous recipes provided in this article include spiked and spiced hot chocolate recipes, and those made with milk, cream, yogurt, sugar and coffee. Enjoy!
Combine the cocoa, sugar, chocolate and chili in a small saucepan. Heat using a medium-low heat setting and whisk vigorously until the chocolate starts to melt. Slowly add the milk and cream while mixing. Add the cinnamon stick and heat until the mixture is just about to simmer. Then remove the pan from the stove. Set aside for 30-60 minutes, if you have time as this helps the full flavors to develop and mesh together. When ready to serve, stain the mixture, add sugar and vanilla to taste. Reheat and serve with whipped cream and marshmallows.
Add the sugar to 1/2 cup of water to a pan set to medium-low heat. Mix to dissolve the sugar and then simmer for 2-3 minutes to thicken the syrup. Add the chocolate and mix until it melts. Then whisk in cocoa, cream and 1/3 cup of milk. Transfer the mixture to a small jug.
Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat till it is just about to simmer, but do not allow to boil. Pour in portions of the warm warm chocolate mixture and top up with hot milk. Serve with whipped cream and marshmallows and a sprinkling of cocoa.
Break the chocolate into pieces and add to the milk in a saucepan. Add the cinnamon stick, honey and sugar. Heat and mix gently over low-moderate temperature until the chocolate is melted. Add the vanilla and slowly add the rum while whisking. Taste and add more or less sugar and rum to suit your preferences. Remove the cinnamon stick, heat to just below boiling and serve.
Other Ways to Spike Hot Chocolate with Alcohol
► Baileys Irish Cream, topped with a little whiskey.
► Kahlua goes very well with cinnamon and spices
► Peppermint Schnapps - pairs well with chocolate and cocoa
► Tequila - sounds unusual, but it does work
Heat all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a saucepan, until the sugar dissolves and the chocolate melts. For added creaminess, pour about half the mixture into a blender and pulse until foamy. Transfer back into the saucepan, heat until just below boiling, mix to combine, add the vanilla and serve hot.