The secret to surviving the winter is taking advantage of all the season has to offer. In the kitchen, we’re talking comfort foods and warm drinks. Hot chocolate is especially necessary for the colder months, and there many recipes you can employ to avoid turning to the powder packets at home.
Whether you like your hot chocolate rich, light, flavored, or even dairy-free, there’s a recipe on this list for you. There are a surprising number of ways to perfect homemade hot chocolate, and no recipe will take you more than a few minutes. Pick out your ingredients of choice, and get to work. A steaming mug of homemade hot chocolate is awaiting you.
1. Classic Hot Chocolate
First up is a cup of the classic hot cocoa you know and love. The recipe for the good stuff comes from Fine Cooking. It simply enlists cocoa powder, whole milk, sugar, and a pinch of table salt. Marshmallows are optional but highly encouraged. There’s no reason to drink powdery hot chocolate mixes when you can make your own. All you need to do is combine cocoa powder, sugar, and milk in a saucepan. Cook your cocoa until it’s hot for about 4 to 5 minuets, and then serve it with mini marshmallows. This recipe serves 3 to 4 and is one to always store in your back pocket for winter.
- ⅓ cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
- 3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Pinch table salt
- 2 ½ cups whole milk
- Mini marshmallows (optional), for garnish
Directions: Put the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Pour in ¼ cup of the milk, and whisk constantly until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Pour in the remaining milk, and whisk to combine. Set the pan over medium to medium-high heat. Cook, whisking frequently, until hot, 4 to 5 minutes. For best flavor, do not let the cocoa boil. Serve hot, topped with mini marshmallows, if you like.