Hot chocolate is a great way to treat yourself on a cold and snowy night, or for a quick pick-me-up during the day. Homemade hot chocolate is heads above the powdered instant kind. Try these hot chocolate recipes, and don’t be afraid to experiment with different “additions,” such as a dollop of peppermint ice cream added to your cup!
Chocolate spoons are a fun addition to give your hot chocolate treat just the right “stirring up.” You can also use them to give a chocolate “kick” to your coffee. Use heavy-duty plastic or metal spoons. A 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips will make about 3 dozen spoons.
Chocolaty Hot Chocolate
7 tsp. sugar
4 tsp. baking cocoa
4 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Combine all ingredients and heat in saucepan until the marshmallows are melted. Pour into mugs. Place a few marshmallows on top, stir with chocolate-covered spoon. Makes 4 cups.
Very Creamy Hot Chocolate
1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup sugar (or less)
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup Half-and-Half
Combine cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan. Blend in the water and bring to a easy boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for about 2 minutes. Stir in the 3 1/2 cups milk and heat until very hot, but DO NOT BOIL.
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour into 4 mugs or cups and add the half-and-half to cool to drinking temperature.
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
4 squares Baker’s
2 cups skim milk
3 or 4 drops vanilla
pinch of ground cinnamon and a pinch of cloves
Break up chocolate squares and melt in saucepan. Add milk and vanilla and bring to a boil, being careful not to scorch. Remove from heat and whisk until foamy. Pour into mugs or cups and top with a pinch of the cloves and cinnamon.
Chocolate Dipped Spoons
1 pkg. (6 or 12 oz., depending on the number of spoons planned) semi-sweet chocolate chips
heavy duty plastic spoons or metal spoons
1 tsp. shortening for each cup of chips
Melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. You will want the chocolate to be a little thick to better coat the spoon.
Dip spoons into the chocolate to coat the bowl of the spoon and about 1 inch up the handle. Lay the spoons on wax paper or parchment paper to set. Place in freezer for about 15 minutes before serving with hot chocolate or coffee.