hot chocolate recipe

Ultimate Hot Chocolate

On chilly Autumn days like today, there’s nothing we like more than a spot of delicious, creamy and warming hot chocolate. But we don’t settle for any old powdered mix, oh no.

This recipe is fantastic, it takes a little time but I promise you it’s worth the wait! Why not make up a batch for a party? It’s ideal for cold fingered trick or treaters or as a tasty treat whilst watching the fireworks.

You will need –

–1.5 cups of heavy cream
–1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
–2 cups of dark chocolate chips
–6 cups of milk
–1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large pot over low heat, combine all of the above ingredients. Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with other ingredients.

If you’re making this for a party, you could add all of the above ingredients to a slow cooker a few hours before guests arrive. Provide a ladle and mugs and let them serve themselves.

Remember to have marshmallows and cocoa powder ready for the finishing touches.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Favours

These cold Autumn days get us thinking about comforting food and drinks. We love a bit of fresh hot chocolate on a cold day. This simple recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix is ideal to keep in your cupboard at home. It’s also perfect for winter wedding favours when served up in small jars with pretty labels.

Makes 4 cups powdered hot chocolate mix.

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1 cup whole/2% milk

Sift together all dry ingredients. Store in airtight containers. If you are making up portions for gifts or favours, we suggest using pint-sized mason jars and topped with a circle of fabric and a raffia tie.

A small tag with these instructions attached would be perfect – to make hot chocolate: “Add 1/4 cup of mix to the bottom of a mug. Heat 1 cup of milk until hot but not boiling. Pour milk over cocoa mix while stirring or whisking”

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