You know those tubs of powdered ‘hot chocolate mix’ that you can get at the supermarket? With multiple flavours and those beloved ‘lite’ versions, instant hot chocolate is a saturated market. I hate the stuff. It never tastes the way I want or expect it too and it is always too sweet. Here are 5 other ways to make hot chocolate that are far better than any instant mix could ever dream of being.
Simple family style (4 serves)
1 litre of milk
1 tablespoon high quality cocoa powder
50gs 70% dark chocolate
Combine the ingredients in small saucepan and place on low heat. Allow chocolate to melt, stir to combine. You can add additional sweetener if you like, but I find this yields a richly chocolate-y drink that is not too sweet.
Paleo-friendly and Vegan (2 serves)
400mls coconut milk
3 tablespoons cacao
3 teaspoons agave syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
Warm milk in a saucepan with cinnamon sticks on the stove on low heat until milk is hot. Add cacao powder and agave. Stir to combine. Serve immediately.
Raw ‘Hot’ Chocolate (2 serves)
5 medium size dates
400mls almond, cashew or hemp milk
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
1 cinnamon stick
Warm the milk in a small saucepan, add the other ingredients and pour the mixture into a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately
Fructose Free Hot Chocolate (2 serves)
3 tablespoons high quality cocoa powder (you’re looking for the dark Dutch-process stuff)
1 vanilla bean
Place the milk in a small saucepan. Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds from the pod. Add the vanilla seeds and the pod outers to the milk. Over medium heat, bring the milk to a simmer and then allow the vanilla to steep in the milk for at least 5 minutes. Bring the milk up to heat again and add the cocoa powder. Whisk to combine. If this is not sweet enough for your tastes, you could add a little dextrose.
For a crowd (equals 15 serves)
I made this at my eldest son’s 5th birthday party and served it with my cinnamon and cocoa marshmallows.
2 litres milk
4 cups water
4 tablespoons high quality cocoa powder
200gs 70% dark chocolate
½ tin condensed milk
Combine ingredients in a saucepan and place on medium high. Melt ingredients together, stirring occasionally. When mixture is fully combined and hot, pour into in a pre-warmed slow-cooker or crockpot on low heat.