The best hot chocolate mix recipe includes using your favorite chocolate bar to sweeten it. Hot chocolate made from cocoa powder has a silky and velvety texture to it.
Cocoa powder is bitter, so it needs a sweetener to make it taste creamy and delicious.
Instead of using granulated sugar for our hot cocoa, we use chocolate to give the hot cocoa more of a rich taste.
Best chocolate bar for hot chocolate
The best chocolate bar for hot chocolate is Lindt’s Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Bar. It contains minimum 31% chocolate solids, making it extra rich for your hot chocolate.
How to make hot chocolate with cocoa powder
To make hot chocolate with cocoa powder, add 1 tbsp of cocoa powder to 200 ml of warm milk. The cocoa powder needs to be stirred in order to dissolve and create hot chocolate.
How to make hot chocolate without milk
To make hot chocolate without milk, you can use hot water instead. Using hot water instead of milk will not give your hot chocolate a creamy texture. It’s better to use a milk alternative instead to give your hot chocolate more of a luscious taste like cashew milk, almond milk, oat milk, or macadamia milk.
How to make hot chocolate better
To make your hot chocolate even better than it already is, try using dark, milk, or white chocolate in your hot chocolate for a more thicker and lush hot chocolate.
If your hot chocolate is too bitter, add some granulated sugar to sweeten it.
You can also add whipped cream, sprinkles, caramel sauce, marshmallows or candy cane pieces to your hot chocolate.
How to flavor hot chocolate
You can add a hint of peppermint extract (1/8 tsp), vanilla extract (1/8 tsp), cinnamon, nutmeg, to flavor your hot chocolate.
You could also add coffee liqueur for an adult version of hot chocolate.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try making hot chocolate bombs.
Best Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder unsweetened
- 1/4 cup chocolate of your choice (white, milk, dark chocolate) cut into small pieces that will melt easily
- 200 ml milk your choice of milk (homo would be the most creamy hot chocolate)
- sprinkles optional
- marshmallows optional
- whipped cream optional
- Cut chocolate into small pieces ~ 1 cm in thickness. Place the chocolate into a large mug.
- Add cocoa powder to the mug.
- Heat the milk. You can heat it in the microwave. Every microwave is different at heating. Try heating it for 45 seconds – check the heat, and put it in for another 30 seconds if necessary. You could also heat the milk in a small saucepan over low to medium heat. Once the milk comes to a simmer, remove it from the heat source and pour the milk into your mug only 1/3 full.
- Let the milk melt the chocolate. Leave it for a minute or two, then start stirring. Stir until the cocoa powder is completely dissolved. By only adding 1/3 of the milk, you can mix vigorously without spilling.
- Add the rest of the milk and mix well until all of the chocolate has melted.
- Top your hot chocolate with a few marshmallows, whipped cream, and few sprinkles. Serve immediately.