A Holiday Treat: Hot Chocolate Recipe
Believe it or not you can actually make your own hot chocolate, and in fact, following a hot chocolate recipe is a great idea because it turns the drink into something more unique, something your own, and as well, you can typically make it as rich as you want, and so you can basically work with the hot chocolate recipe until you find a happy medium and are satisfied with the result.
It is important to know that there is a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate; the terms are often used interchangeably, however they are technically in fact as different as white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder, which is chocolate pressed free of all of its richness, meaning the fat of cocoa butter, and then hot chocolate on the other hand is made from chocolate bars that are melted into cream.
The original hot cocoa recipe was actually a mixture of ground cocoa beans, water, wine, and peppers, and it didn’t take long however for Spaniards to begin to mix new things into the recipe, as well as heat it up and of course sweeten it with sugar. Since then hot chocolate and hot cocoa are drinks that have been revolutionized in many ways, and they have truly reached perfection in today’s world.
Hot Chocolate Recipe
For the basic hot chocolate recipe, you will need: 1 cup milk; 1 cup half and half; 8 tsp sugar; 1 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped; 1 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped; 1 tablespoon brown sugar; and ½ tsp vanilla.
In order to make this hot chocolate recipe, you need to heat everything in a saucepan, except for the vanilla, until the chocolate melts and the sugar dissolves, and then pour half of this into a blender and mix until foamy, and then return to the saucepan, and add the vanilla. Then you stir briefly, and then serve.
One good idea that you can add onto this is to add marshmallows, and you can either buy the bigger or smaller ones, depending on what you prefer, and if you are serving this drink to your family or friends then you will want to ask what their preferences are, so that everyone involved can be happy. Hot chocolate is truly the best wintertime drink, and so make sure that you have lots of it around at all times.