homemade hot chocolate

Homemade Hot Chocolate :: The Arrow House
Homemade Hot Chocolate :: The Arrow House

I hope you enjoyed a nice and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend. We sure loved having a few extra days off (well, sort of) - They were mostly spent working on projects and decorating the house for Christmas but hey, the holidays are here! And I can't think of a better way to celebrate this joyous season than with a cup of homemade hot chocolate.  Nothing warms the soul like a cup of hot cocoa, complete with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

That's my opinion anyway.

To make your own cocoa mix, you'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

In food processor, with knife blade attached, blend cocoa, sugar, chocolate and salt until almost smooth. Store in tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 6 months (I doubt it'll last that long). For each serving, mix 3 tablespoons of the cocoa mix with 1 cup of milk in a microwave safe mug. Microwave on high 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until blended and hot, stirring once. Swirl a dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Hmmm, yes.

If you're feeling adventurous, try out these other variations!

  • Mocha: Prepare cocoa mix recipe as above, adding 1/3 cup instant coffee powder or granules before blending in processor.
  • Mexican Spice: Add 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) before blending.
  • Vanilla: Add half of a vanilla bean (pod and seeds) before blending.
Homemade Hot Chocolate :: The Arrow House

Happy Monday + Enjoy!