Homemade hot chocolate is always divine, but it’s truly special when shared with the people you love. This classic hot chocolate recipe is super easy to prepare and serve. On a frosty Texas day (or night), nothing else warms you up better.
My mom likes a bit of spice, so she adds a sprinkle of cinnamon and a bit of chili powder. That’s not my preference, but I’m always happy to accommodate her.
My coconut chip nut bars are a tasty way to enjoy this hot chocolate, too. Perfect for hungry Texans, and so nice for the holidays. The hot chocolate and coconut chip nut bars recipes are easy ways to teach your kids how to cook.
Another secret I’ll share with you is this: Pair your hot chocolate with a square (or two) of a fine chocolate bar. And no, that’s not chocolate overload. It’s called a tasty and fabulous indulgence!
This lovely little recipe serves six people.
Classic Hot Chocolate
- ¼ cup cocoa
- ½ cup sugar
- 1/3 cup hot water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- whipped cream
- crushed candy cane
- candy cane
Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, salt, and water in a medium saucepan until thoroughly mixed. Heat on medium high, while continually whisking, until the mixture starts to boil. Continue whisking for three minutes. Turn off the heat and slowly add the milk, and keep whisking. Add the vanilla. Once milk is heated, but not boiled, pour the chocolate into a mug.
For the perfect peppermint hot chocolate (as shown in the photo), add a candy cane to the side of the mug, top with whipped cream, and sprinkle with the crushed candy cane.