Now that I had made homemade marshmallows, I needed something to accompany them. What could be better than hot chocolate? The great thing about making your own hot chocolate is that you can customize it exactly to your liking. Spices such as cinnamon and cayenne pepper compliment chocolate flavors very well. Adding whiskey, rum, peppermint schnapps or your liquor of choice kicks it up even more.
I followed this recipe due to its use of solid chocolate instead of powdered. It is my opinion that melting chocolate into the milk results in a creamy texture that powdered cocoa just can’t match.
- 4 cups whole milk
- 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao, preferably)
- 3 tsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- Spices, liquor – optional
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces on a wooden cutting board. The smaller the better because the chocolate has to be able to melt easily.
- Pour the milk into a small saucepan over low heat and bring to a simmer. Whisk every once in a while to ensure that the milk doesn’t scorch.
- Add your spices now if you like. Stir them into the milk and whisk.
- Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, salt and chocolate. Whisk vigorously until the chocolate has melted.
- If you are using liquor, add it to the mixture now.
- Heat for another 4 minutes, constantly stirring with your whisk.
- Remove from the heat and serve.