The chocolaty, rich and creamy beverage made with milk, little cocoa powder, some sugar, a note of vanilla and a lot of chocolate is hot chocolate. It is a delight to have a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter evening. Generally, hot chocolate is ordered at the cafes and restaurant but it can easily be prepared at home and this is the hot chocolate recipe. There are n number of ways to make hot chocolate using only cocoa, only chocolate, milk or without milk. This is the hot chocolate recipe with milk and therefore the result is a decadent and velvety hot chocolate. With Christmas and holidays around the corner, it is important to have on hand a good hot chocolate recipe. Winter evening hot chocolate is such a delight or it is so much fun digging in a blanket with a good book and a mug of lush hot chocolate.
Okay so everything said and done, I used the following ingredients and was totally pleased with the outcome. So I am sharing the Hot Chocolate Ingredients used:
Milk: Whole cream milk and nothing but whole cream milk is required. There are recipes using heavy cream and milk in equal proportion or using only heavy cream. However this is the hot chocolate recipe using milk and it is totally rich and silky because of the use of chocolate. Use of cream in this hot chocolate recipe will make it too heavy. Therefore only milk has been used.
Cocoa Powder: Hot chocolate recipe calls for chocolate as the main ingredient. Little cocoa powder is added for some extra flavor. The hot beverage prepared in a similar way with cocoa powder as the main ingredients and without the use of chocolate is hot cocoa. The same has been discussed in the following headings.
Sugar: Well, this is totally optional and advisable only and only if you like your hot chocolate quite sweet, like me. I have added sugar at the initial stage of this recipe but you can skip it there and add it at the end after tasting the hot chocolate if there is a need. Also because the sweetness of hot chocolate also depends upon the kind of chocolate used and its sweetness!
Chocolate: I have used the dark compound chocolate. I had chopped the chocolate and added to the simmering milk. You can use chocolate chips instead. Also, you can melt the chocolate separately and add it to the milk.
Flavoring: As many are the hot chocolate recipes, that many are the ways to flavor and garnish it. I have used vanilla and salt to flavor it. Each ingredient really compliments the flavors of hot chocolate. You can flavor it with cinnamon, coffee, etc.
Garnish: I have garnished it with shredded chocolate. Marshmallows are the best and most popular way to garnish hot chocolate. You can also use chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate, choco chips, etc.
Hot cocoa is a combination of milk, cocoa powder, and sugar. Hot cocoa too can be flavored and garnished in a number of ways.
Hot chocolate calls for real chocolate whereas hot cocoa calls for cocoa powder. Hot cocoa is sweeter than hot chocolate. ON the other hand, hot chocolate is richer and more buttery than hot cocoa.
There are a number of hot chocolate mixes available in the market. It is a breeze to make the hot chocolate using hot chocolate milk. Just heat up little milk, ¼ of the total milk being used for the recipe. Add in the hot chocolate mix, starting from 1 tbsp per cup. Mix. Add remaining milk. Check the flavor and sweetness. Add sugar if required as generally the hot chocolate mix has sugar. Mix everything well. And serve hot.
Perfect hot chocolate is deadly chocolaty, velvet-like and smooth. Following points should be kept in mind for a cup of perfect hot chocolate
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Serve it hot as a winter evening hot chocolate with the cookies of your choice.
1.This recipe makes 2 big cups of hot chocolate.
3.In a pan heat ¼ cup of milk.
4.Heat till the milk simmers. Then add in 1 tbsp cocoa powder.
5.Next goes in 2 tbsp sugar.
6.Mix everything and keep stirring.
7.Cook on low flame till the cocoa powder and sugar gets dissolved.
8.Now add in the remaining 1 and a half cup of milk.
9.Also ½ cup of chopped dark compound chocolate.
10.Cook on low flame.
11.Cook till the chocolate is dissolved.
12.Add in ½ tsp of vanilla essence.
13.Also add in a pinch of salt.
14.Mix everything and cook for couple of minutes on a low flame.
15.Pour in a serving glass. Garnish with chopped or shredded chocolate.
16.Serve Hot. Bon Appetite.
17.Rich and chocolaty!
PREP TIME 5 minutes
COOK TIME 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME 15 minutes
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