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Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeI am so far behind. Usually by this time, I have put a good dent in my holiday shopping, my house is decorated, and my gingerbread house made and covered in candy. Not this year. We bought a tree this morning, and it is the first thing that we really have done to celebrate the holidays. Life has been so busy. In such a good way, I have been so fortunate to be doing some work that I am truly proud of, but it has been my main focus for the last week or so. Now I am ready to focus on the holidays and spending them with my family. I cannot wait.

I have to be fair, and tell you that I have never actually had a sip of this hot chocolate. I do not drink milk, so I steer clear. But I felt that I had to share this with you, because my children and the kids in the neighborhood have declared this the “best hot chocolate ever”. I made a big pot last week when it was really cold. All of the kids were outside playing, bundled in hats and mittens, and with rosy, rosy, cheeks. They were not about to come in to get warm, so I decided to bring some warm to them. I brought out cups of steaming hot chocolate, they came running, and it was gone in moments. If I were a hot chocolate drinking kind of girl, this is what I would want. It is almost a drinkable pudding. It is rich and thick. Deep, dark, chocolate, sea salt and vanilla just bring out all of the delicious flavors. I made some whipped cream (by hand no less) and added some marshmallows. I might also make an adult version with a splash of rum, peppermint schnapps, Grand Marnier, Amaretto, Baileys. A perfect way drink for a cold, wintery day.

This recipe came from Southern Living Magazine, January 2009.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe4 cups whole milk
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 (3.5-ounce) dark chocolate bars (70% cocoa)
1/3 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
heavy pinch of sea salt

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeHeat 3 1/2 cups of milk over medium heat until the milk begins to bubble around the edges.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeMeanwhile, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until dissolved. Set aside.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeChop or grate the chocolate. The finer the pieces, the faster it will melt in the hot milk.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeWhen the milk begins to bubble around the edges, add the chocolate, honey, vanilla, and sea salt.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeWhisk in the milk and cornstarch mixture.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeLet the hot chocolate come to a bubble, stirring occasionally. It should take about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken, let cool slightly, and ladle into mugs.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeIf you want to make it extra special, whip some heavy cream. I even whipped this cream by hand. I have not done that in ages. I added a teaspoon or two of sugar, and a handful of marshmallows.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipeAdd a cute little chocolate cookie, and you have a very special treat on a cold, winter day.

rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe
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Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate


Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 (3.5-ounce) dark chocolate bars (70% cocoa)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • heavy pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Heat 3 1/2 cups of milk over medium heat until the milk begins to bubble around the edges.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup milk and cornstarch until dissolved. Set aside.
  3. Chop or grate the chocolate. The finer the pieces, the faster it will melt in the hot milk.
  4. When the milk begins to bubble around the edges, add the chocolate, honey, vanilla, and sea salt.
  5. Whisk in the milk and cornstarch mixture.
  6. Let the hot chocolate come to a bubble, stirring occasionally. It should take about 5 minutes. The mixture will thicken, let cool slightly, and ladle into mugs.

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  1. Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams

    December 11th, 2011 at 1:43 am

    We bought our tree today too and it was also the first thing we have done to celebrate Christmas. My husband and I were talking about starting Christmas traditions now that our son is 15 months old. I think I’m going to incorporate this recipe into one of our traditions. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  2. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    that is a nice tradition, we make gingerbread houses. It is always one of my favorite holiday activities.

  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    December 11th, 2011 at 6:55 am

    This sounds absolutely lovely πŸ™‚

  4. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    thank you Katrina.

  5. kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    December 11th, 2011 at 8:57 am

    This looks so unbelievably decadent. I never would have thought to mix the whipped cream with marshmallows, it’s genius! I can see why the kids loved it.

  6. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I can’t credit, it was all Southern Living’s idea.

  7. Melisa

    December 11th, 2011 at 9:46 am

    LOVE your blog…thank you! I am not a cook AT ALL and have been learning/practicing with your great recipes. I can’t do honey and am wondering what I might use instead yet still keep the great taste.

  8. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    Brown sugar would be a really good substitute.

  9. Jen

    December 11th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    yumm-darn my lactose intolerance!! Your little girl is precious!

  10. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies

    December 11th, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    That hot chocolate sounds so decadently delicious.

  11. bakedbree

    December 12th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    it is! Almost like drinking pudding.

  12. becca

    December 11th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Mmm, this looks like the perfect rich and creamy hot chocolate! I also love the decorated cup. Snowmen can be so cute πŸ™‚

  13. bakedbree

    December 12th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    it is, and I love snowmen. They are adorable.

  14. Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy

    December 13th, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Oh this looks wonderful, I would love to have a cup of that right now!

  15. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    It is!

  16. Heather

    December 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    This sounds absolutely divine. Marshmallows plus whipped cream? I die. I’m totally adding some espresso powder πŸ™‚
    Also – so glad you’re back online!

  17. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    oohhh, that is a good idea!

  18. Brandon

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Glad to see that your blog is back up and running… this hot chocolate looks so rich, especially with the marshmallows on top!

  19. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Me too! Website nightmare. My kids went nuts for this hot chocolate.

  20. Stephke

    December 15th, 2011 at 3:55 am

    I just had one yesterday, sitting in my couch, trying to read magazines but sterring at my Christmas tree… Actually, feeling the Christmas spirit in advance! Then I was kinda sleepy with all the sugar but still feeling good and comfy! πŸ™‚

  21. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I am glad that you liked it!

  22. Kati

    December 17th, 2011 at 8:17 am

    This was a resounding success at the Stratcom holiday open house. Many grown ups in sugar shock!

  23. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    That is good to hear, did you spike it for them?

  24. Joanne

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Love this. I am wishing I had a cup right now. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚
    -Joanne

  25. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It is beyond hot chocolate. So rich and creamy.

  26. Sousa

    December 22nd, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I am so going to make this.

  27. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I hope that you do.

  28. Sousa

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Just made this, it tastes soo good! Thanks for sharing it!

  29. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    you are welcome!

  30. Leslie

    October 5th, 2014 at 1:04 am

    How many cups does this make? And I must agree that whipped cream and marshmallow combo is genius!

  31. bakedbree

    October 6th, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    4.

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