Hot Chocolate with Variations

Who doesn’t like Hot Chocolate? There is nothing quite like sitting in front of a fire or heater with the “perfect” Hot Chocolate on a cold day… But like everything chocolate – it depends on your own taste buds as to what you consider “perfect” to be.

Let’s start with the basics with a very simple hot chocolate recipe.

1. Simple Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1L (4 cups) milk
  • 80g good-quality dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • Marshmallows

Method

Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer then reduce to a low-heat. Place the chocolate in the saucepan and whisk until melted and combined. Pour the hot chocolate into serving mugs and top with marshmallows.

2. White Hot Chocolate

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Of course the “traditional” is not always for everyone…

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1L (4 cups) milk
  • 160g good-quality white chocolate, finely chopped
  • Whipped cream

Method

Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer then reduce to a low-heat. Place 100g of the chocolate in the saucepan and whisk until melted and combined. Pour the hot chocolate into serving mugs and top with cream and sprinkle over the remaining chocolate.

3. Chilli Hot Chocolate

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The Aztecs were the first to serve chocolate as a drink, but they also mixed it with hot chilli pepper to make a really special beverage. So here is an exotic twist to hot chocolate.

Ingredients (serves 4)

Method

Place the milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer then reduce to a low-heat. Place the chocolate in saucepan and whisk until melted and combined. Pour the hot chocolate into serving mugs and top with a dollop of cream and then sprinkle with Chilli Powder. If chilli chocolate is unavailable, replace with dark chocolate but add one small fresh red chilli, split lengthways, to the milk whilst heating and remove the chilli before serving.

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