We love hot chocolate, especially during the cold winter months. I have to admit, we “used” to buy instant mixes: Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Ghirardelli, Carnation, etc. I learned to read nutrition labels on every canned or packaged mix that we buy. I’m shocked to read words that I can’t even pronounce.
Would you prefer to drink this?
Homemade hot chocolate is inexpensive and much healthier for you. Did you know that cocoa powder has 2 grams of fibre per tablespoon? Indeed, another reason to treat yourself to a mug!
The recipe is so easy that yes, even H can make it! And, the mix would make a great Christmas or hostess gift as well!
- Dutch processed cocoa powder is just natural cocoa powder that has been alkalized to remove its acidity
- Icing sugar dissolves faster than granulated sugar, and you can adjust the sweetness accordingly
- Good quality cocoa powder and pure vanilla extract is essential
- Real whipped cream adds a nice touch. While I don’t like whipped cream in aerosol cans (again, too many chemicals and some taste really awful), here is a good one we found at Costco. It’s only available from October to December/January
Homemade Hot Chocolate
Makes 1 large mug
In a large mug, add the following:
- 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder (Dutch processed preferred)
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- ¼ – ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- Small pinch of cinnamon
- Milk – your choice (skim, 1%, soy, almond …)
- Add first 4 ingredients to a large mug
- Heat milk in a small saucepan over moderate heat. Be careful not to scorch the milk or it will boil over
- Add a small amount of hot milk to the mug and stir with a mini whisk until smooth
- Add remaining hot milk and whisk to combine
- Top off with whipped cream and enjoy!
- For chocolate lovers like H, add a few sprinkles of dark chocolate chips to step #1