Hot Cocoas to Warm You Up

There’s nothing quite like a hot cup of cocoa to warm you up when the weather is cold.  The hot cup helps warm your hands, the drink helps warm your heart.  It is such an easy drink to make with all types of milks (2%, whole, almond, soy, etc.).  In celebration of National Cocoa Day, we decided to help you make the best hot cocoa today with a list of tips and recipes.  Enjoy!

Tips for amazing hot cocoa:

-Use a chocolate bar or brand that you like; it’s a sure way to know you’ll like your creation

-65-70% chocolate is a good fat to cocoa ratio

-Instead of adding sugar, swap dark chocolate for a milk chocolate to get a sweeter taste

– Powdered chocolate is great.  Just make sure it’s a high-quality cocoa being used.

-Heat the milk, don’t boil- it will scald

-Milk choice is a personal preference.  If you have a high cocoa ratio,  using higher fat milk is best.  If you are using milk chocolate, 2% milk is just fine.

 Traditional Hot Cocoa

4 cups milk

1 cup quality chocolate (chips or bar finely cut up)

White Peppermint Hot Cocoa

4 cups of milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

1 cup high-quality white chocolate

VEGAN Hot Cocoa

4 cups of Soy or Almond Milk (if using vanilla soy milk, you may want to omit additional sweetener first)

1 cup of Dutch cocoa

2 Tbsp of sweetener of choice (raw sugar, stevia, agave)

Pinch of salt

2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Directions for All Hot Cocoas:

Warm milk in a saucepan until tiny bubbles begin to form on the sides. Do NOT allow your milk to boil, it will ruin the flavor.

Stir in all ingredients except for chocolates.

Pour liquid mixture over the chocolate pieces and whisk until smooth.

Share with your friends and enjoy!