Whether it’s a chilly winter night, or a breezy summer evening, I am not sure that there is ever a wrong time to enjoy a nice steaming mug of hot chocolate. But not just any hot chocolate, the kind that you stir from scratch over a stove with warm milk and a hint of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. This easy to follow recipe for homemade hot chocolate is sure to warm your spirit and change the way you drink hot chocolate.
To begin, you will need to gather the ingredients that are needed to prepare this hot chocolate. You will need milk of course, soy milk, almond milk, regular milk, low fat, the choice is yours. Next you will need Hershey’s chocolate bars, dark or milk, or if you are feeling daring a mixture of the two, and be sure to have some cinnamon and pumpkin spice readily available. To top off your hot chocolate, some whipped cream or cool whip will do just fine.
Start by first heating up the milk in a pot on the stove, and the amount of milk you use depends on how much hot chocolate you are making. A rule I use is one cup of milk per person. Be sure that while you are heating up the milk, it does not boil and cause bubbles, this will cause the milk to gather a foamy substance on the top of it and it will not be pleasant to drink.
Once your milk is heated, you can then begin dipping in pieces of chocolate into the pot and stirring the chocolate until it is melted and mixed in with the milk. You will repeat this until all of your chocolate is melted with the milk to give it a chocolate milk look. It is important that you make sure to stir the chocolate piece by piece rather than simply throwing the entire bar into the pot. This is because it will blend the chocolate better and make sure that none of the chocolate clumps or gets stuck at the bottom of the pot.
When the chocolate is melted, throw a dash of cinnamon and a dash of pumpkin spice (if you choose) it the pot and again stir thoroughly so that the spices become part of the entire milk substance and don’t just linger on the top. By stirring the milk almost in a folding way you can be sure that the spices will make their way into the entire milk substance.
After you have poured your hot chocolate into the serving mugs, spoon out some cool whip or spray some whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate. You can now add caramel shavings, hot fudge, a cherry, sprinkles, really any sort of topping that you would find to be a perfect addition to your hot chocolate.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is simple and affordable to make. It also tastes delicious and is sure to have a hefty dose of chocolate with each sip rather than the hot chocolate being watered down or not as chocolaty as you would like. The ingredients of how much chocolate you are going to use is of course depending on how chocolaty you would like your drink, but the outcome is sure to be a delicious treat that you can enjoy during every part of the year.