Hot chocolate for one

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Lately since it seems to get cold and dark in the middle of the afternoon I've been really craving hot chocolate. :D

I looked up some recipes online for making hot chocolate for one and didn't have much luck - they mostly ended up like extra sweet milk.

I tested out different ratios every night until I figured it out. I am happy to announce that this is awesome and tastes much better than the packet stuff, and is much easier to make than heating up the milk on the stove like I used to do. :)

P.S. - This also makes coffee taste great! Pour coffee over the sugar and cocoa instead of milk for a "dirty mocha" - that's what we called it at the bookstore I worked at.
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Step 1: What you'll need

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  • 1 cup milk (more info below)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (more info below)
  • pinch of salt (optional)
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
I use lactose free milk at home. Nut, rice and soy milks are just too watery. You might be able to get around the watery issue by using coconut milk, though! If you're feeling ridiculously decadent, I recommend using 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream. :D

Cocoa powder:
At home, I use Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder and that requires only a 1/2 tablespoon to taste really chocolatey. 
For regular Hershey's, Callebaut, and Ghirardelli, I think 1 full tablespoon works best. 

Step 2: Mix the dry ingredients and heat the milk

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Add the sugar and cocoa powder into a cup with the cayenne and salt if you're using those. :D

Mix together with a fork.

Pour the milk into a measuring cup and heat in the microwave for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, or until nice and hot.

If you sweeten with honey, you can mix the honey and cocoa together to make a paste that then dissolves and mixes in well once you add the milk.

Orngrimm4 months ago
the IKEA milkfoamer works wonders for clumpfree mixing... ;)
utgoff4 months ago

For those with a tool obsession (like yours truly), a hand blender does a wonderful job of getting the sugar/cocoa powder evenly distributed.... just remember to leave it on the "low" setting...chocolate drink on everything can be a pain to clean up!

gold208 months ago
verence1 year ago

cayenne... interesting, 've got to try that!

Try tomix in the milk slowly. At first only a few spoons and dilute all the ingredients in it into a thick sauce. Stir up all the clumps - it's more easy as they are trapped in the thick liquid and there is not a lot of it. Then just thin it with the rest of the milk.

I add a little bit of thin mint coffee creamer, to give it the slight minty flavor
Sooo good!! Do you put anything in it to thicken it?
The high school I went to was a food and beverage school and teachers there taught us to put a little bit of potato starch (about half teaspoon) in the mix...that way the hot chocolate won't be too liquid. If you do that, the more you cook it, the thicker it will become so you need to adjust the time depending on your taste :)
jessyratfink (author)  lindarose921 year ago
I typically don't when I just want quick hot chocolate - I'm used to it being runny!

If I want drinking chocolate, though, I thicken that up. Use heavy cream and dark chocolate and bring it up to temp on the stove. Much thicker than this :D
Ow, I like the option to make it thicker.. I really need to try that. I've added xantham gum to my cold shakes and they become awesome :)
Yes, I personally like it thicker too :)
Actually, right after I wrote that comment, I researched "hot chocolate" on google images and I realized that it tends to be quite liquid there and I didn't know that...I guess it's more like chocolate favored milk. If you type "cioccolata calda" (hot chocolate in Italian) you can see that we make it thicker and very creamy here.
halfkrazy1 year ago
After you mix your dry ingredients, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of milk, stir it up good to make a paste, then add the rest of the heated milk, stir. It mixes up much better this way with no lumps. I have made hot cocoa this way for years. I will not go back to hot water cocoa.
iburrow1 year ago
great work, I've found that if you mix the dry ingredients into a paste with a dribble of the hot milk, slowly adding more until all the chocolatey goodness is lump free and we'll tasty. Thanks again!
Looks delicious! can't wait to try :)
Laynie1 year ago
Looks yummy!
Mielameri1 year ago
Tried this. SO GOOD
I finite best way to not have clumps is to pour a tiny bit of milk in first and mix it up, then pour in the rest and mix again.
This is absolutely delicious!!!