It’s Christmas time, so that means (in the evenings at least) I have swapped out my regular coffee and have started experimenting with hot chocolates! Being lactose intolerant I have the be a little careful with the cup of goodness, but I think I’ve got it sussed. Here is my favourite Hot chocolate recipe for the festive season.
The best way to make hot chocolate, in my opinion, is the old-fashioned way. Pour a cup of milk into a saucepan and gently heat it over the hob. For those of you, like me, who either can’t drink milk or don’t want too, you can use this recipe with soya milk. When steam starts to rise on the milk, add your cocoa powder and stir in with a whisk.
When steam starts to rise on the milk, add your cocoa powder and stir in with a whisk.
Leave it to heat up a little longer (don’t let the milk boil, if it starts to bubble turn down the heat). This is when you can add some flavours if you wish.
Vanilla – For an extra bit of sweetness to your beverage, add a few drops of vanilla essence to your pan and stir in with the whisk.
Cinnamon – I personally don’t like this in my hot chocolate but I know my sister’s boyfriend does. Add a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your saucepan and give it a good whisk to separate the spice. It won’t dissolve (which is why the cinnamon challenge was impossible!) but if you mix it well, it will still go down smoothly.
Mint – There are two ways to do this. Either add some mint extract to you pan and follow the same steps and the vanilla or there is a more unconventional, but so much more fun, way. Once you’ve made your hot chocolate, pour it into a mug and stir it with a candy cane! If you want it really minty just leave the candy cane in your mug for a few minutes. This makes the hot chocolate taste amazing and it looks really cute for pictures. Obviously, you then have to eat the candy cane afterwards because the heat will have partially melted the sugar. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!
Alcoholic – If you old enough to drink and you enjoy a sneaky Christmas tipple, then this idea might be for you. Add a splash of Bailey’s (or any Irish cream) to your pan and stir in. You can add as much or as little as you like depending on how strong you want your hot chocolate. I generally add two cap fulls. This makes a really nice nightcap. But please, drink responsibly.
Once you’ve flavoured your hot chocolate, pour it into a mug. You can stop here if this is enough sweetness for you. But if you want to go hard or go home! Adding cream on the top of your hot chocolate makes your beverage really rich and delicious. I like to either add Squirty Cream (if I want my drink quickly) but the best way to do it is to whip the cream yourself. Pour some cream into a bowel and either take your whisk or a mixer and whip the cream until it starts to thicken and form peaks. Once it’s whipped, put a scoop on the top of your drink. If you don’t eat dairy, there are soy alternatives. And if you are lactose intolerant, the lactose-free range do a cream which does the job perfectly.
Still, want more? This is the one and only time of the year I will eat marshmallows, pop a few marshmallows (I recently discovered the make vegan marshmallows!) onto the cream and boom! The perfect Hot Chocolate.
This does take a little bit more time to create than the instant hot chocolates, but it really is worth it!
what is your favourite way to have Hot Chocolate? Let me know in the comments or on social media, links are below.
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