My roommate once told me that “[I] make the best hot chocolate [he's] ever tasted.” This was a little surprising to me, because my hot chocolate recipe is not sophisticated, but I guess it does taste pretty good. 😊
Today I will share my secrets with the world.
Homemade hot chocolate
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- splash of vanilla extract (or paste, if you're really fancy)
- hot water
- 10-12oz milk (I like whole milk)
- pinch salt
- Mix the sugar, cocoa, and vanilla in a microwave-safe liquid measuring cup. Add a small amount of hot water and stir until the mixture is fully combined.
- Add milk while stirring until you have about one serving of hot chocolate, about 10-12oz. Taste.
- Adjust any ingredients to taste (more sugar, more cocoa, etc.) and add salt.
- Microwave for about 1 minute on high. Stir and taste for a temperature check.
- Microwave for about 30 more seconds or until sufficiently hot.
- Pour into a mug or thermos for serving.
Spicy hot chocolate: substitute ¼ tsp cinnamon for the vanilla. Add a dash of cayenne.
Peppermint hot chocolate: substitute a splash of mint extract for the vanilla.
Non-dairy hot chocolate: use your favourite non-dairy milk substitute in place of milk. If it's vanilla-flavoured, leave out the vanilla. If it's sweetened, you may need to reduce the amount of sugar added.