Whether enjoyed with your honey or with a friend, this hot chocolate is sure to satisfy! ♥
What is it about those two words… “Hot Chocolate”… that really makes one’s ears perk up?? Maybe it’s that we associate it with cozy-ness? cuddling? a crackling fire?….. All of the above??!
I’ll admit I don’t indulge in the “real” stuff all that often, but for special occasions (and at least a couple times each Winter!) I like to unabashedly sip on a mug of the homemade hot cocoa goodness. Mmmm….. yes.
Right down to the last creamy, chocolatey drop. ♥
If you’re struggling with finding the perfect dessert to surprise your special someone with this Valentine’s Day, why not a cup of hot chocolate??
It never hurts to hear (or read!) the words: “Good Morning Beautiful”…. does it??
Perhaps you want to make “Hot Chocolate night” a celebration for your whole family?? Just double (or triple!) the recipe and you’re set for a cozy evening in. Pull out those favorite games or cuddle up for a cozy movie night.
Happy Valentine’s Day ahead of time! Hope you get to enjoy some homemade hot chocolate & soak in those special moments with someone you love this week.
Mugs: Parris Chic Boutique
Red Ramekin: Similar
Gold Flatware: Target
- 4 tsp cocoa powder, plus more for garnish
- ½ tsp espresso powder (optional)
- 3-5 tsp granulated sugar (depending on the chocolate you use & to your taste)
- 1 ¾ cups milk (not skim!... I tested with 1%)
- 3 oz dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
- Measure out your cocoa powder, espresso powder and 3 teaspoons sugar in a small ramekin. Measure out your milk in a liquid measurer and chop your chocolate. You're ready!
- Heat ⅓ cup water over medium-high heat until it just starts to bubble. Add in the cocoa-sugar mixture and immediately whisk to combine. Continue whisking for 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom and breaking up the clumps until the mixture is smooth.
- Pour in the milk and bring to a simmer. When the mixture just starts to bubble, add in the chopped chocolate and turn the heat down to medium. Cook, whisking constantly, for about 4 minutes. Carefully taste the hot chocolate and add another teaspoon of sugar (or two??) if you think it needs it. This will be true if you are using dark chocolate but probably not if you're using semisweet! Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Pour the hot chocolate into mugs. Serve immediately with whipped cream (or marshmallows if you prefer). Dust with cocoa powder for a pretty finish. SOOOOO good!! ♥