With the cold winters around us, I have one more recipe that is very comforting. Imagine this – your favorite book in your hands, curled up in your favorite corner of the house and then, a cup of hot chocolate.. doesn’t it sound blissful?! It really is. I can vouch for this as this is what I did one afternoon when it was raining non-stop.
I have had many hot chocolates in my life both in a coffee shop and at home but nothing comes close to this one. I figured out this recipe in a coffee shop having their cranberry hot chocolate. As usual, I started decoding the recipe in my head and gave it a trial back home. It was good, not just good but great.
The problem with homemade hot chocolate often times is, it is very thin. Even with quality brands like Cadburys, I didn’t get the real feel of drinking hot cocoa as in a coffee shop. But with this recipe, all I had to do was use a good quality cocoa powder. The resultant hot chocolate is rich, decadent and utterly delicious. As I had some whipped cream at home, I topped it off the hot cocoa but otherwise, depending on your mood you can add either espresso, cranberry or strawberry syrup too! This is only a basic version.
To make Homemade Hot Chocolate | Easy Hot Cocoa Recipe
What I used –
- Cocoa Powder, 2 tbsp (heaped)
- Sugar, 2 -3 tsp
- Milk, ½ cup + 1 cup
- Water, ¼ cup
- Salt, a pinch
- Vanilla Essence, ¼ tsp
- Whipped Cream/Vanilla Ice Cream, as needed (optional)
- Chocolate Chips, as needed (optional)
How I made –
- In a sauce pan, add cocoa powder, sugar, salt and mix well. Add ¼ cup of water and mix well until completely dissolved. Add ½ cup of milk and mix well again. Now put this sauce pan on low heat and stir continuously.
- After 3-4 mins, it becomes very thick. Add vanilla essence and continue to stir well making sure the bottom doesn’t burn. As the mixture becomes quite thick, add 1 cup of milk and whisk well. Remove from heat.
- Pour this into two serving glasses, top them off with whipped cream/vanilla ice cream. Sprinkle choco chips on top.
- Serve hot immediately.
- Adjust the quantity of sugar as per preference. I wanted the mild bitterness of chocolate come up, so added only 3 tsp of sugar.
- Adding a pinch of salt helps bring out the sweetness.
- Keep cooking the mixture on low flame by continuously stirring. Make sure it doesn’t burn.
- Use good quality cocoa powder.
- Additionally, ½ tsp instant coffee powder or 2 tsp of strawberry/cranberry syrup can be added.