A Kindred Christmas: Making the ultimate gooey hot chocolate
17th Dec 2019 Inspiration & Lifestyle
Let us set the scene- you're on the sofa with a cosy blanket, the lights are twinkling from the Christmas tree and your favourite festive film is on the television. What's missing? An indulgent cup of hot chocolate, of course...
First, let us talk about the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. Hot cocoa is a chocolate drink made from powder and milk (or sometimes even water). It’s a great way to get a super quick chocolate fix and is easy to pick up in any local supermarket. On the other hand, hot chocolate is made from melting real chocolate into a pan of hot milk for the perfect warming indulgence.
This recipe is simple to make and is easily customisable, so you can create your ideal Christmas drink, just the way you like it.
You will need (To make two cups):
- 4 cups of whole or semi-skimmed milk
- 6 ounces of dark chocolate (70% recommended)
- Extra chocolate of your choice for melting and grating
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- A handful of marshmallows
- Caramel sauce
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- Whipped cream
- An shot of alcohol (such as Baileys)
- A candy cane
Pour your milk, sugar and vanilla extract (and cinnamon stick if you’ve chosen this) into a saucepan, and place over a low heat.
When the mixture begins to simmer, remove the pan from the hob and allow to stand for 10-15 minutes (remove the cinnamon stick after this time).
Add your dark chocolate, broken up into pieces, to a stainless steel or glass bowl and place over a saucepan filled with almost boiling water.
Use the double boiler to melt the chocolate, making sure to not to overcook.
Place your milk mixture back over a low to medium heat and add the melted chocolate (leaving some melted chocolate for decoration) and a handful of marshmallows. Whisk until combined and the marshmallows have melted, and then continue to whisk until the mixture is hot.
If you’re adding a shot of alcohol, turn off the heat and stir this into the mixture.
Your drink is then ready to divide between cups.
Time to decorate your hot chocolate!
We chose to add an extra chunk of chocolate, and to drizzle melted chocolate across the cup for an extra delicious ‘gooey’ element.
Whipped cream with added mini marshmallows would also make an indulgent topper, or hang a candy cane from the side of your cup for a special Christmas touch.
Lastly, it's time to sit back, relax and enjoy a cupful of chocolate heaven...