Hot Chocolate

A cup of Hot chocolate is so good during winters. This recipe is a classic creamy version of Hot Chocolate which is rich and luxurious. Real Chocolate and not cocoa powder makes this hot chocolate creamy, rich and delicious.

I make this homemade Hot chocolate when I want something to uplift my moods and spirit. I always have a block of baking (cooking) chocolate bars in the fridge and most of the time these chocolate bars get used up in making this decadent homemade hot chocolate.

homemade hot chocolate sprinkled with cocoa powder served in 2 black cups (with a copper spoon in one cup) on a black marble board

The recipe is very easy and simple. It is made in three broad steps.

Hot Chocolate in 3 steps

  1. Melting the chocolate.
  2. Adding melted chocolate to hot milk.
  3. Stirring and mixing.

Type of Chocolate

  • Type:  You can use both couverture chocolate and compound chocolate. But note that couverture chocolate will give more rich, chocolaty, smooth and creamy quality to the drink as compared to compound chocolate.
  • Percentage of cacao: You can use any type of chocolate having different percentages of cocoa solids and cocoa butter – semi-sweet, bitter-sweet or milk chocolate. The more percentage of cacao in the chocolate bar, the more it will have a chocolate flavor and bitterness.
  • Chocolate chips: You can even use chocolate chips or callets.

hot chocolate sprinkled with cocoa powder and served in 2 black cups on a black marble board

Chocolate vs Cocoa Powder

I have made hot chocolate with cocoa powder and I personally find it grainy and not rich or creamy. Cocoa powder does not have cocoa butter in it. Whereas a couverture chocolate bar has cocoa butter in it.

Thus the cocoa butter from this chocolate gives the drink some creaminess and richness. That said, you can make hot cocoa or hot chocolate from cocoa powder. Just that it won’t be rich.

How to make Hot Chocolate

1. Chop 50 grams of semi-sweet chocolate. You will need 6 to 7 tablespoons of chopped chocolate (at room temperature). You can even use chocolate chips.

chopped chocolate on chopping board

2. Take the chopped chocolate in a small mixing bowl.

chopped chocolate in a mixing bowl

3. Take 2 cups of full-fat milk or whole milk in a saucepan.

milk in sauce pan

4. Add 2 tablespoons unrefined raw sugar. You can also use maple syrup or white sugar. Depending on the type of chocolate you use, you can add less or more sugar.

adding raw cane sugar

5. Begin to heat the milk. Mix and stir so that the sugar is dissolved.

milk being heated

6. Let the milk come to a boil. Switch off the flame.

milk frothing and steaming

7. Then take 2 to 3 tablespoons milk from the hot milk in the saucepan and add to the bowl containing chopped chocolate.

adding hot milk to the chopped chocolate in the bowl

8. With a whisk mix the hot milk with the chocolate. The chocolate will begin to melt.

mixing chopped chocolate and milk with a wired whisk

9. Mix to a smooth consistency.

mixing to a smooth melted chocolate

10. Now pour this melted chocolate in the hot milk in the saucepan.

adding melted chocolate in hot milk

11. Mix very well.

mixing melted chocolate and hot milk with wired whisk

12. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir and mix again.

adding vanilla extract

13. Pour hot chocolate in mugs or cups.

hot chocolate poured in a black cup

14. Top each mug or cup with 1 to 2 tablespoons of whipped cream while serving. Whipped cream can be skipped. Note that the whipped cream should be not cold or chilled but at room temperature. If the whipped cream is chilled, the drink will become lukewarm.

topping hot chocolate with whipped cream

15. Sprinkle some cocoa powder or chocolate shavings or gratings on top.

sprinkling cocoa powder on top of the cream

16. Serve Hot Chocolate straightaway.

hot chocolate sprinkled with cocoa powder and served in 2 black cups on a black marble board

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Hot Chocolate

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Creamy, thick and rich Homemade Hot Chocolate made with cooking (baking) chocolate and milk.
homemade hot chocolate sprinkled with cocoa powder served in 2 black cups (with a copper spoon in one cup) on a black marble board
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Course:beverages & drinks
Cuisine:world
Diet:gluten-free,vegetarian
Servings (change the number to scale):2
(1 CUP = 250 ML)

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 to 7 tablespoons chopped or grated semi-sweet chocolate or 50 grams - at room temperature
  • 2 cups milk - full fat or whole
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined cane sugar or white sugar - add as required
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons whipped cream or add as required - optional

INSTRUCTIONS

Prepping Chocolate

  • Chop or grate the semi-sweet chocolate. You will need 6 to 7 tablespoons of chopped chocolate.
  • Take the chopped chocolate in a small mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Heating Milk

  • In a saucepan add milk and sugar.
  • Begin to heat the milk until it comes to a boil. When you keep the milk on the stove-top, stir so that the sugar dissolves.
  • Switch off the flame.

Melting Chocolate

  • Then take 2 to 3 tablespoons milk from the hot milk in the saucepan and add to the bowl containing chopped chocolate.
  • With a whisk mix the hot milk with the chocolate to a smooth consistency.

Mixing

  • Now pour this melted chocolate and vanilla extract in the hot milk in the saucepan. Mix very well.
  • Pour hot chocolate in cups.
  • Top with some whipped cream. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder or chocolate shavings or gratings on top.
  • Serve Homemade Hot Chocolate straightaway.

NOTES

  • Milk: Use whole milk or full-fat milk. Skimmed milk can curdle. 
  • Chocolate: For best results use couverture chocolate. Make sure that the chocolate is at room temperature. 
  • Whipped cream: Adding cream is optional and can be skipped. Do note that the whipped cream should be not cold or chilled but at room temperature. If the whipping cream is chilled, the drink will become lukewarm.
  • Melting chocolate: The chopped chocolate can also be melted in a microwave or using the double boiler method. 
  • Vegan options: You can substitute with almond milk. Just heat the almond milk and do not boil it.
  • Sweeteners: You can add more or less of the sweeteners depending on the type of chocolate. Unrefined raw sugar, maple syrup or white sugar can be added. 
  • Scaling: You can easily halve or double the recipe.

NUTRITION INFO (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 578 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 620mg18%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 752IU15%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin D 3µg20%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 5µg5%
Calcium 323mg32%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 12µg3%
Iron 3mg17%
Magnesium 117mg29%
Phosphorus 355mg36%
Zinc 2mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amit

[avatar]namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.