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Best Ways to Make Hot Chocolate and 4 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

You'll be hooked on hot cocoa for life after following these easy tips!

By: Moriah Meeks, Editor, AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com
Best Ways to Make Hot Chocolate
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You walk inside shivering from the cold to a nice cup of warm hot cocoa. There's no better feeling than that, so try these Best Ways to Make Hot Chocolate and 4 Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes to improve your cocoa experience. There's no better winter idea than sitting next to a warm fire and sipping some rich hot chocolate from your favorite mug. You may think you've had some good hot chocolate, but you haven't really until you try these tips and recipes. They'll completely change your perspective on hot cocoa, and these recipes truly are a chocoholic's dream come true.

This classic winter drink recipe is great for cold evenings at home or at holiday parties. A warm thermos of homemade hot chocolate can make any outdoor winter event worth the cold. It's even a great Christmas idea to serve in the morning while the family is opening presents from Santa. Your delicious hot chocolate recipe could also make a great fundraiser for those in need during the holiday season. Hot chocolate truly is the answer for a great Christmas and winter experience.

Best Ways to Make Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate Recipe Tips

Stop reading the instructions off the back of those hot cocoa packets and make some real hot chocolate. These tips and instructions will make a world of a difference in your cocoa consumption, and you'll wonder how you've lived this long without truly amazing hot chocolate.

  1. Always use milk. It's common to use hot water with cocoa mix, but if you want a really creamy and smooth texture to your drink, you'll definitely want to use milk. Whole milk is the best option.

  2. Avoid powdered cocoa! If you want some amazing hot chocolate, then you've got to use real, solid chocolate in the process. The powder usually clumps at the bottom of the mug, but with real chocolate, your drink will stay creamy and sweet through every sip.

  3. Dark chocolate is the ideal choice. If you're using solid chocolate (as you should), dark chocolate is the ideal choice. It's much richer in cocoa flavor, and you can't forget that it's healthier too!

  4. You'll need 2 oz. of chocolate per cup. Homemade hot chocolate can be tricky because you have to know exactly the milk to chocolate to sugar ratio. The ideal amount of chocolate for truly scrumptious hot cocoa is 2 oz. in each cup.

  5. Heat the milk and sugar first. Don't get too excited and melt the chocolate first. You'll want the milk and sugar warm before you melt the chocolate in the mixture. You wouldn't want to melt the chocolate first and burn it while you wait for the milk and sweetener to warm.

  6. Add cornstarch for silky smooth chocolate. The texture of the drink is what determines whether it's truly good or not. Adding a bit of cornstarch will really smooth out your recipe.

  7. Add a dash of salt. It may be cooking cliche, but it's really true. Adding some salt to the recipe will help bring out the rich chocolatey flavor you seek.

  8. Add flavors to the cocoa. Want to spice up that plain chocolate flavor? You can add in spices and flavors like mint, cinnamon, pumpkin, berries, candy, and more for a hot chocolate remix!

Easy Hot Chocolate Recipes

If you feel like you've mastered the classic hot chocolate recipe with the previous tips, you'll love the following recipes. From a fall twist with pumpkin to adding your favorite candy bar, these hot chocolate recipes will make your mouth water just looking at them!

Which flavors will you try adding to your hot chocolate recipe?

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I love hot chocolate and I'm obsessed with making my own specialty drinks - like the ones from Starbucks. I can't wait to try these yummy ideas out.

Caramel! It's so good in hot chocolate! I like cinnamon in it, too, but caramel is my favorite. Along with marshmallows, of course. Thanks for these recipes! They are going in my recipe box for cold weather. I usually make a big pot of it Christmas morning to drink while we are opening gifts so I have something new to try this year.

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