Fall is almost upon us and one of my favorite things is warming up to a delicious cup of hot cocoa! If you are a chocolate lover like me, you may shy away from the typical store bought hot chocolate. I prefer a dark chocolate, or a very rich hot chocolate, so I have tweaked this hot chocolate recipe
to suit my tastes. You can too - it all depends on the type of cocoa powder you use.
Whether you are serving hot chocolate during your fall or winter wedding, or during a spooktacular Halloween event, your guests will enjoy a deeply satisfying cup of delicious hot cocoa. So first, I'll give you our easy to make hot chocolate recipe and then a few twists to make this seemingly kiddie drink, very adult!Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients
Hot Chocolate Recipe Instructions
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
Stir together cocoa, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan. Stir in hot water until blended and then bring to a low boil, just simmering. Continue to stir for 2 minutes while it simmers. Watch that it does not scorch!
Stir in milk while it is still on the burner, and continue to stir until it is very hot - but do not boil!
Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir in. Beat with a whisk or rotary stirrer until foamy. Add half and half until it is at serving temperature. Serve topped with whipped cream, marshmallows and a very light dusting of powdered chocolate on top of whipped cream if desired.Hot Chocolate Recipe VariationsAztec Hot Chocolate
Add a pinch of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, ground red pepper plus 2 tablespoons of honey when you add the vanilla extract.Mayan Hot Chocolate
Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne pepper when you add the vanilla extract.Spiced Hot Chocolate
Add 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg when you add the vanilla extract. Serve with a cinnamon stick.Italian Hot Chocolate
Whisk 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to the milk until it is dissolved. Then add the milk to the hot cocoa recipe as instructed above. This will produce a thick, rich hot chocolate.Canadian Hot Chocolate
add 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract when you add the vanilla extract.Irish Hot Chocolate
add 1 ounce of Bailey's Irish Creme per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.Mexican Hot Chocolate
add 1 1/2 oz white tequila and
1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.Caribbean Hot Chocolate
add 1 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao and 1/2 oz dark rum per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.Brazilian Hot Chocolate
add 4 shots of espresso and a teaspoon of cinnamon when you add the vanilla extract.Kentucky Hot Chocolate
add 1 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
and 1/2 oz dark creme de cacao per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.New York Hot Chocolate
add 1 oz chocolate mint liqueur and 2 shots of espresso. Then top with hot cocoa mixture, whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.Mint Hot Chocolate
1/2 teaspoon mint extract OR 3 tablespoons crushed hard peppermint candy OR 2 to 3 tablespoons white creme de menthe OR A splash of peppermint schnapps. Serve with peppermint candy stick, if desired.Raspberry Hot Chocolate
add 1 ounce of creme de cacao, 1 ounce of Chambord raspberry liqueur, a splash of vodka per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.Orange Hot Chocolate
add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract OR 2 to 3 tablespoons orange liqueur per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture.Kahlua Hot Chocolate
add 1 oz Kahluaź coffee liqueur per cup. Then top with hot cocoa mixture and whipped cream.Swiss Hot Chocolate
Stir in 2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered instant coffee when you add the vanilla extract.
You can serve these drinks during your fall or winter wedding - at your bar or during your dessert hour as after dinner drinks. If your catering hall can't whip up a batch of homemade hot cocoa, or if you would like to give them a unique favor to take home - purchase our gourmet hot cocoa favors
and attach a recipe card with your favorite hot chocolate additions! Or attach a small bottle of your favorite liqueur so that your guests can take home their very own adult hot chocolate. Let them whip up a little fun! Hot chocolate isn't just for kids anymore!
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