A steaming mug of homemade hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day is my absolute favourite. Whether I’m having a cosy day at home or have been out for a walk and need to warm up, homemade hot chocolate is quick and easy to make and is the perfect cold weather treat.
Just 4 ingredients are needed for this homemade hot chocolate recipe: milk, cocoa powder, light brown sugar and dark chocolate.
I use lactose-free milk, but any kind of milk is suitable, including dairy-free options. So whatever your preference is, that’s ok – just use the milk you’d usually drink.
My preference is for less sweetness and more bitterness which is why I use the wonderful Callebaut No. 811 Pure chocolate chips. If you have a sweeter tooth, then milk chocolate can be used instead of dark chocolate. Chocolate chips melt better into the milk but a broken bar of chocolate will also work – just make sure to whisk well so that it does all melt and isn’t just stuck at the bottom of the pan!
I don’t tend to have whipped cream at home (I have to avoid high quantities of lactose for health reasons) but I always have mini marshmallows and homemade hot chocolate is the same without them.
How you serve your hot chocolate is about personal preference though – sometimes a light sprinkle of cinnamon (or speculaas spices) is enough or sometimes it needs to be heaped with whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings and more!
And for the adults, a splash of alcohol is something to consider – I love a bit of amaretto or Baileys in mine.
Here’s to getting through the cold months with a steaming mug of homemade of hot chocolate!