Make the Best Homemade Hot Chocolate in 3 Minutes

There is nothing quite like a cup of delicious homemade hot chocolate, especially when the weather outside is chilly and cold. And when it comes to drinking hot chocolate on a cold winter evening, using powdered cocoas and even store brand hot chocolates just can’t compare to the absolute amazing taste of a homemade cup of real hot chocolate.

If you’re like most people though, you may think you simply don’t have time to make a proper cup of homemade hot chocolate—it must be complicated! But you’re wrong: making your own hot chocolate is simple, quick, and you can actually make a delicious cup of homemade hot chocolate in just 3 minutes! Read on to find out how!

Tools You’ll Need

  • Sauce pan
  • Whisk
  • Heat proof bowl
  • Spatula*

*optional: you can use the whisk to stir your melting chocolate if you don’t want to do the extra dishes!

Materials/Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 oz. bittersweet*
  • chocolate**
  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract***

*Note: You can use any type of chocolate you want if you don’t enjoy bittersweet; semi-sweet, 75%, milk, or even white chocolate will all work with this recipe.
**Ideally in the form of a solid chocolate bar rather than chips or powders.
***Optional: you can use other extracts for other flavors (pumpkin spice, cherry, etc.) as desired.

Steps

Before you begin: Make sure that you have the ability to pay attention to your kitchen for the full 3 minutes. You want to make sure that the milk you’re heating up doesn’t burn and that your melted chocolate doesn’t start to cool down (it will make it much more difficult to incorporate into the milk) and just a minute or two focused on something else can ruin your recipe!

  • First, place your sauce pan over medium heat. You may want to aim for medium-low if your sauce pan tends to heat up faster.
  • Next, add in your sugar and milk; whisk briskly to combine until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Keep heating your milk, stirring occasionally, until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Be careful not to let your milk bowl as it may burn or even curdle in the pan.
  • While your milk is heating, chop up your chocolate up into small pieces. Then, add them to a heat-proof bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring occasionally.
  • While your milk is heating, chop up your chocolate up into small pieces. Then, add them to a heat-proof bowl. Place the bowl in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Combine your melted chocolate into the sauce pan with the milk, and whisk firmly until they are fully combined.
  • Heat the milk to about 180 degrees Fahrenheit; do NOT let it boil fully.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the sauce pan from heat.
  • Add in chopped up chocolate to a heat-proof bowl and microwave for 30-second intervals until melted, stirring occasionally.
  • Optional: Add in vanilla extract if desired.
  • Pour your hot chocolate into your mug or cup.
  • Pour your hot chocolate into your mug or cup.
  • Optional: Top with extra goodies like cinnamon, marshmallows, whipped cream, peppermint or other treats.

Now, you can enjoy your homemade hot chocolate and tell your friend how it tastes. I am sure once you make hot chocolate in this way, you cannot go back to hot chocolate mix as its rich, creamy, and chocolaty. By the way, you can also check this video once you are working on it.

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