Here’s how to make your own hot chocolate from scratch

Hot chocolate is a beverage most of us can appreciate. It’s delicious, sweet, hearty and warming, and it serves its purpose on a chilly Winters day.

I find it somewhat bothersome that majority of us purchase hot chocolate in its powdered form considering it really isn’t all that difficult to make it from scratch. If you’re going to sip on a beverage so delicious, at least give it the respect it deserves and refrain from supporting its origin from a can.

The following recipe comes from Celebrating Sweets and I think it is a great starting point for anyone hoping to master homemade hot chocolate this holiday season.

“Homemade Hot Chocolate

“This recipe is made with a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate chips. The cocoa powder adds the distinct “hot cocoa” flavor, and the chocolate chips melt into the mixture making this drink extra creamy, rich and luxurious. A splash of vanilla extract rounds out all that chocolaty flavor and makes this what I consider the perfect Homemade Hot Chocolate.

  • “Place the milk of your choice in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Using milk instead of water, makes this hot chocolate extra creamy and flavorful. I prefer whole milk or 2% milk, but you can choose any milk that you choose (I’ve even used unsweetened almond milk).
  • “Whisk in cocoa powder and sugar, and heat until warm.
  • “Once the milk is warm, add chocolate chips, whisking until they melt into the milk.
  • “Add a splash of vanilla extract.
  • “Serve immediately, topped with your favorite garnishes: marshmallows, whipped cream, chopped chocolate, crushed candy canes or more,” the recipe states.

With such a straightforward, simple and quick guide to perfecting your own homemade hot chocolate, I think it will be tricky to come up with an excuse to avoid giving it a try.

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