As it is the festive season I thought there were no better time to come up with a hot chocolate recipe. Unfortunately for me I am allergic to many of the hot chocolate powders that are already made up, however this does give me the opportunity to discover other brands!
When I wanted to do this post I wanted to find something I could melt in with milk and so discovered Hasslacher’s Colombian Hot Drinking Chocolate. This had no added ingredients and is 100% cacao which is the main ingredient in chocolate. Buying it in this format enables you to completely design your own hot chocolate which is exactly what I did.
You will need per person*:
1 cup of milk
2 disks of the cacao
2 teaspoons of golden granulated sugar
flavourings of your choice
(by cup I mean pour out each portion of milk in a mug/cup so you can get the exact measurements)
*This is all down to personal preference, but this is how I find that I like making my hot chocolate.
- Start by pouring in the milk and adding the cacao disks to a medium heat and whisk together. It is important to use a whisk to incorporate the chocolate with the milk.
- Add the sugar and any flavourings such as vanilla or cinnamon. I love adding cinnamon to make it all christmassy but I also enjoy making it plain and adding toppings.
Ensure that you taste the hot chocolate to get the flavourings and sweetness correct. You may find that you want to add more sugar.
This is what it should look like when it is done.
Then just pour your hot chocolate back into your mug and add cream and marshmallows to decorate! You can also sprinkle cinnamon over the cream which is yummy, as well as adding a shot of coffee to turn it into a mocha.
Of course you can also leave it plain and it will still taste delicious! What I love so much about this kind of hot chocolate is that you know exactly what you are adding so you can make it as healthy or luxurious as you like! I hope you enjoy making it in the festive season and Merry Christmas!