Winter made a few tentative appearances before settling in for good in a pre-Thanksgiving whirlwind of slushy snow. Ugh. One of my favorite ways to fend off the winter chill is with a steamy mug of homemade hot chocolate. I have to hand it to the marketing departments of Swiss Miss and their ilk – the ubiquitous hot chocolate mixes of the world have made us forget just how easy it is to make this stuff from scratch! Here’s my easy-peasy recipe, though you’ll want to adjust the sugar/cocoa/milk ratio to taste. Kiss your Swiss Miss goodbye!
1 heaping teaspoon pure, unsweetened cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s Special Dark)
1 non-heaping teaspoon sugar (I like the extra depth that brown sugar adds, but use whatever sweetener you fancy)
2 tablespoons half-and-half
8-ish oz (1 coffee mug’s worth) milk
1. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, and half and half in bottom of empty coffee mug. Don’t worry about mixing it well – that’ll be much easier once you heat it up.
2. Microwave mixture for 30 seconds or until it starts to steam a little.
3. Whisk/stir to form a smooth slurry.
4. Add milk, microwave 1-2 minutes until desired temperature is reached, then give it a final stir as needed.
Et voila! It’s divine straight out of the microwave, or you can add whipped cream, marshmallows, or use an immersion/stick blender to whip it up into a nice froth. Enjoy!