There are some days when the cold is just too much, there’s no amount of blankets you can pile on to get warm. It’s days like these that we highly suggest you whip up a nice, hot beverage to warm you from the inside out. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of recipes out there to try, but how will you know the best ones? We’ve done some research in order to help you narrow down the great options and try only the best of the best!
Hot Chocolate on the Stove
- 4 cups milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Handful of small marshmallows
Begin by turning on your broiler. In a medium saucepan on medium heat, mix your cocoa powder, sugar and salt all together. Add water and continue to sir the mixture until the chocolate liquid comes to a boil. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute. Stir in your milk and heat it until the milk reaches the temperature of your preference, but keep in mind you should not bring it to a boil.
Remove the chocolate from the heat, and stir in your vanilla extract. Pour into oven safe mugs, and top with a handful of marshmallows so that no liquid can be seen. Stick the mug on a solid surface in the oven, and allow the mallows to broil until golden brown. Allow the mallows to cool before serving!
Crock Pots Hot Chocolate
- 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
- 1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 6 cups milk
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups of milk chocolate chips
- Whipped cream
- Chocolate syrup
Simply pour all of your ingredients into a crock pot and stir until well combined. Allow the hot chocolate to cook on low for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until your chocolate is hot to taste and chips are melted. Enjoy with whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup!
Red Wine Hot Chocolate for Adults
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup dry red wine (merlot works well)
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup half and half
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- salt to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine everything except for vanilla and salt over medium to low heat in a medium sized sauce pan. Stir the mixture constantly until the chocolate chips are melted and the temperature is how you’d like it. Remove the mixture from the heat, and stir in your vanilla and salt. Pour into mugs and enjoy!
Don’t let another cold season go by without trying one of these fantastic homemade hot chocolate recipes!