Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Homemade Hot Chocolate Variations and Toppings
Hello everyone! We have been trying out some different variations on hot chocolate and I thought I would share them with you.
I will admit to using the instant envelopes of hot chocolate many times, but here is my favorite homemade Hot Chocolate recipe. It's very quick and easy!
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in boiling water and bring mixture to a boil, stirring continuously. Stir in the milk and heat until hot, but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Serves 4-5.
Now for the different flavorings you can add...
~Raspberry Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1 teaspoon of seedless raspberry jam.
~Butterscotch Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1 tablespoon of butterscotch sauce.
~Ginger and Cinnamon Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1/8 teaspoon each of ginger and cinnamon.
~Mocha Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1 teaspoon instant coffee.
~Maple Hot Chocolate: Stir in 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup.
I have tried all of these different variations and really like them all! Now let's talk about toppings!
~Good old whipped cream.
~Whipped cream and cookie sprinkles. This is especially fun for Valentine's Day.
~Whipped cream, a marshmallow and chocolate shavings.
~Mini marshmallows with a butterscotch drizzle.
~For all you chocoholics out there...Chocolate Whipped Cream with chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Whipped Cream
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a small bowl, mix the cocoa and sugar together. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the whipped cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add the cocoa mixture, whipping until well blended.
All of these variations should keep you warm until spring. Let me know if you try any of them.
Do you have a favorite hot chocolate flavor or topping?