Yes, I’m a hot drink fanatic. I’ve collected some really good hot chocolate recipes over the years and decided to compile them here for you, all in one place.
First, Hot Chocolate For A Crowd. After pony rides and a pony pinata at my oldest’s six year old birthday party, we were freezing. Poor girl loves the outdoors and her birthday is in November which is coat weather or worse here in the midwest. I made a huge kettle of this brew ahead of time and had it heating on the stove…as you can imagine, its steamy warmth hit the spot for our numb fingers and frozen gullets!
Hot Chocolate For A Crowd Serves 22
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups Hershey cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 1 gallon milk
- 1 TB (or more) vanilla
In a saucepan combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Gradually add hot water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly till mixture boils. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Add milk, heat to serving temperature, stirring occasionally. Do not boil! Remove from heat, add vanilla. Serve hot!
Martha Stewart’s White Hot Chocolate Serves 8
~ Mmm, rich and creamy, completely worth the effort!
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 6 cups whole milk
- 12 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 block of dark chocolate
Using a vegetable peeler, shave chocolate into curls; set aside. Place white chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl; set aside. Place milk and cream in a medium saucepan set over medium heat until bubbles begin to form around edges of pan (about 4 minutes). Do not boil.
Remove mixture from the flame. Immediately pour over white chocolate. When chocolate begins to melt, gently stir to combine.
Whisk in vanilla. Continue whisking until light foam forms.
Serve immediately. Garnish with chocolate shavings or marshmallows.
Basic Hot Chocolate Serves 4
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
- 1 pint heavy cream
- pinch cinnamon
- whipped cream, flavored with vanilla
Melt chocolate bits in a *double boiler over hot water and stir in the cream. Heat just to boiling point, stirring constantly. Add the cinnamon, and serve in 8 ounce cups topped with whipped cream.
*I don’t own a double boiler, I simply place a metal bowl into a kettle of boiling water…works great!
Hot Cocoa Mix Makes 5 quarts
~My friend Kim makes this and gives it away at Christmas, it’s very good!
- 11 ounces coffee creamer
- 2 lbs Nestle Quick (powdered)
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1 eight quart container powdered milk
Mix together in a large bowl. Store in airtight containers. Will fill 5 quart size jars.
To serve: Fill cup to 1/3 full and add hot water, stir, and enjoy!
Lest you think I’m always whipping up homemade concoctions, we usually buy one of those humongous family-sized cannisters of Swiss Miss each fall. Haven’t gotten that done yet. We’ve had some chilly-cold mornings already, so I’ve been glad for the above recipes. You can bet we’ve used more than one of them these past two weeks!