This European-style hot chocolate is the perfect way to bring some comfort and indulgence to your winter nights. Our hot chocolate recipe is thick, creamy, and sinful in its rich chocolate flavor. Here is how to make a sensational batch of your own.
How to Make:
Begin by heating 1 1/2 cups of milk and 1/2 cup of heavy cream together in a saucepan on medium heat. Make sure to stop just before the liquid starts to simmer.
Remove from the heat and add dark chocolate and 50 g/1.7 oz of milk chocolate. Let stand for 1 minute and then stir in 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Place back on the stove on low heat for a few minutes, stirring, until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy.
Next, pour the hot chocolate into cups or mugs. If you’d like, you can make the hot chocolate ahead of time and reheat just before serving.
Serve this winter favorite with optional garnishes such as a cinnamon stick, whipped cream, grated chocolate, or cocoa.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is this hot chocolate different from regular hot cocoa?
A: This recipe for hot chocolate has some significant differences from regular hot cocoa – most notably, the combination of milk and heavy cream that make it extra creamy. In addition, this hot chocolate is made with real dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.
Q: What other garnishes can I use for this hot chocolate?
A: You can garnish this hot chocolate with all sorts of toppings to make it extra special. Some great options include marshmallows, coconut flakes, cinnamon, or chopped nuts.
Q: Can I make this hot chocolate in advance?
A: Yes, you can definitely make this hot chocolate in advance. Just prepare as instructed, according to the directions, and store in the refrigerator. When you want to serve it, simply heat it up on the stovetop on low heat until it’s nice and warm.