Homemade Hot Chocolate

Happy New Year!

Now that the holiday season has come to a close, it’s really starting to feel like winter. Any remnants of my summer wardrobe are gone, the mornings are absolutely freezing when I wake up (making it exceptionally difficult to leave my cozy bed), the air is so static-filled that every time I touch metal there’s a little shock,  and there’s a thin layer of leftover snow and ice you have to watch out for on the ground at all times.

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Most importantly, I’ve also broken out the repertoire of hot winter drinks. Hot chocolate is a winter MUST for warming both your insides and your numb fingers during the chilly season. It’s also useful for soothing all kinds of headaches and stress, which I will definitely be needing during the next few weeks. Between midterms, meets, and music, I’m pretty much swamped!

After a lot of experimentation, I’ve discovered that the golden ratio for hot chocolate is 1 part cocoa powder to 3 parts sugar. I went through several cups of gross, bitter chocolate before solving that little mystery. Ew ew ew.

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I love this recipe for so many reasons.

1) It doesn’t actually take longer than the packet to make (water boils at the exact same speed either way…), but it’s obviously a lot more yummy when you make the mix yourself.

2) It can be made in the mug, so no cleanup! Yay!

3) There are endless flavor variations. Try it with a few drops of peppermint extract for a peppermint hot chocolate, or substitute in dark chocolate cocoa powder with a dash of cayenne for something spicy!

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We all have those days when all you want is to snuggle up with a mug of cocoa, and this is your recipe for those times. There’s no doubt about it – hot chocolate is a hug in a cup.

Hot Chocolate Mix

Serves 1

1/2 tablespoon of cocoa powder

1 1/2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

1/8 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)

1 cup of boiling hot water or milk

Whipped Cream, for topping

In a mug, stir together the cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon. While stirring constantly, add in the hot water/milk little by little to keep a smooth consistency. Once the mug is full, top with whipped cream and enjoy!

xoxo

Deanna

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2 responses to “Homemade Hot Chocolate

  1. Homemade…is there any other?! :-) My preferred ratio is 1:1 on the cocoa to sugar, but to each connoisseur, her own!!! You’ve got to like it!! Experiment a bit, too. Instead of cinnamon (YUM) try a bit of vanilla and a bit of peppermint. Or vanilla and orange. Or vanilla and almond. All. So. Good.

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