This is not your ordinary hot chocolate. Why? Because it’s made with chocolate! Imagine that!
I’ve tried many recipes for hot chocolate and, well, none of them were really worth the effort to make again. Certainly not any better than the little packages I can buy at the store. They all have dry milk powder, cocoa, and sugar. I don’t know why but I seem to have an aversion to dry milk. It’s just a thing. I don’t think it’s evil or anything, I just tend to avoid it.
So, imagine my delight when a friend of mine shared the recipe for her new favorite gourmet hot chocolate! I had to try it right away.
I feel like I have to confess that my love for hot chocolate has waned a little bit in the last few years. Maybe because I drank it every morning a few winters in a row. Anyway, even though I can now take it or leave it (and thinking about the calories usually convinces me to leave it) I can honestly say, this is good stuff.
My daughter, bless her little heart, typically would not choose “the hard way” if “the easy way” is also a choice. (She’s not lazy, she’s just not extremely picky. Like someone else in her immediate family.) But, now that she’s had this, she’s quite willing to heat real milk… in a pan… on the stove… instead of water in the microwave… because it’s just better. That’s sayin’ somethin’.
And it makes an easy, affordable, beautiful gift from your kitchen!
The kids and I made these this year for teacher gifts. Josiah had a great time and I enjoyed the fact that the gift was truly from all of us. It was super easy (and it just so happened that we had a little bit more white chocolate than the recipe called for, so… what to do? Eat it of course!) and I believe with the ingredients and the jars, we spent about $2.oo per gift.
You can just barely see in the picture that we included the recipe on the tag. The top of the tag gave directions for using the mix and the bottom gave the recipe for making more! We called it “The World’s Best Hot Cocoa” and we got a message from one of the teachers saying “We had our hot chocolate tonight and it really was the world’s best!”
Well you’d think I was getting paid to promote this hot chocolate!
Let’s just say this was a fun and successful project and leave it at that.
But do let me know if you make it and what you think.
- 2 Cups sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 12 oz dark chocolate chips
- 3 - 4 oz white chocolate baking bar--chopped
- 1 C baking cocoa
- ¼ tsp salt
- Combine sugar and vanilla in food processor and pulse until well blended.
- Add chocolate chips and chopped white chocolate bar.
- Pulse until finely ground.
- Add cocoa and salt and mix until well blended.
- To make a cup of cocoa:
- Add 1½ TBLS mixture to one cup of very warm milk.
- Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.