Hot Chocolate comes in many forms y’all!
The most standard easy to go to is old faithful, Swiss Miss packets. Then you can get some from Starbucks that’s another level up because they actually use milk and steam it perfectly. This is a favorite of mine when I go looking at Christmas lights with my dear friend, Peggy. Growing up I drank many of the Swiss miss packets as a child but, then something happened. When I was 10 years old (long time ago for those who are counting) I went on my first and so far only Ski trip ever. I went with this girl from school and her family who were very well off and often drove to the mountains to go skiing. Not only was I invited but, they offered to cover all the expenses & my parents were like sure… ! ha. That 4 day trip changed hot chocolate for me for the rest of my life friends. It also made it clear, I was not born to “hit the slopes”.
We were gone for 4 days and overall it was not anything I’d ever choose to do again unless it only involved shopping & hot chocolate of course. We went to Wintergreen Ski Resort in the mountains in VA. It was a interesting experience and I won’t lie; I was slightly nervous because I had never gone anywhere like that much less traveled with a friend that quite honestly I wasn’t very close to.
Confession: I’m sure shocking to my close friends- I didn’t know how to ski.
Not even a smidgen- not one bone in my body had any desire or ability to make the skis work and not fall. “You’ll pick it up with no problem” they said. Oh btw, you should wear 18 layers of clothing because you’ll want some protection from the snow. ( they didn’t say this either)
(Because you’re going to fall no less than 67 times)
“You can start out on the bunny slope” they said.
Never did they say: oh btw sweet trusting child, we are bad ass competitive folks who ski all the dang time. We also won’t care a lot if you have to spend your whole time drinking hot chocolate and shopping and sitting by the fireplace while we ski it up.
*Ahem* My friend’s parents assured me it would be a breeze and when I agreed to go and my Mom definitely believed in my abilities way more than I deserved obv.
You have no idea how cold it is to hit the snow again and again and again because I was not coordinated enough to actually make it off the bunny slope. I either did splits because I couldn’t keep my skis straight or I fell down. I fell hard on the hardest coldest snow you’d ever feel in your life. Dozens of times I sincerely fell. I’ll be real and share I am laughing so much as I share this because if I saw some kid or person continuing to fall the way I did I’d have tears from laughter. #sicksenseofhumor
So, now you know how falling down on the ski slopes over and over led me to this blog post and changed the way I’d look at hot chocolate forever. I was basically left to go everywhere with one of my friend’s moms but, it wasn’t that bad! She took me shopping and bought me fancy things, like this amazing cup of hot chocolate at the ski lodge.
After trying for so long to recreate this which is a long time seeing as I’m 36 now & just finally mastered it. With joy I share with you the Hot Chocolate recipe that’s change your life good & definitely made me feel like I was overlooking some beautiful snow as I sipped it.
My hot chocolate is nothing like Swiss Miss. It’s rich & creamy & full of dreamy goodness that will make you feel kinda warm & fuzzy.
Consistency wise it’s very similar to french hot chocolate I’d say if you’ve ever heard of that. It’s also not for the faint of chocolate heart y’all. This is a decadent dessert almost and because of that I have deemed it perfectly suitable for date night. When you and your boo are watching a movie one fall or winter evening this is exactly what you should make to keep it nice and cozy.
Oh wait- it’s also great to give your kiddos a special treat! I’d make 4 cups instead of 2 though because most kids can only drink 1/2 a cup of this hot chocolate grace.
This isn’t for those of you who are content with SwissMiss. This is almost like a very thin pudding. You are required to make it with Whipped Cream (fresh if you can handle that) and lots of it.
FYI & What Not:
- Use good Chocolate. Stick to a 70% cocoa chocolate & chop it yourself. Chocolate chips have fillers that make them chips & do not work as well.
- Have your chocolate chopped at least 85 % finely broken up because it will be harder to melt quickly if not.
- Put lots of whipped cream in your cup! It’s necessary to give it that perfect texture- trust me!
- Don’t adjust the recipe with half and half or milk instead of cream because it won’t be as good.
- Share this recipe with someone you love and want to serve because it really is special and you don’t have to go to Paris to get it.
- You may want to keep a spoon because as it cools it’s almost pudding like. (SO GOOD)
- Chocolate shavings or sprinkles always put this over the top – go for it! YOLO.
So, I know since it’s January and snow is upon us and in some parts coming soon. (Yuck!) This will be perfect to stay cozy with your boo thing or your kiddos or your doggie. They are masters of laziness and warmth! Isn’t it such sweet grace that God gives us goodness like this?!
I hope you’ll make this soon friends.
All my love.
- Hot chocolate:
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, at least 70%, chopped*
- Giant bowl of whipped cream, for serving:
- 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
- Whipped Cream:
- Put your mixer bowl into the freezer if you can for 15 minutes (with beater)
- Pour cream and sugar into bowl and using the whisk attachment beat until fluffy and lovely. Careful to not over-beat it.
- Hot Chocolate:
- Measure out your ingredients
- Put the milk, cream, powdered sugar in a medium sized pot.
- Wisk it together and let it cook on Medicum until bubbles start to form around the edges.
- Turn the heat off at this point and pour in the chopped chocolate.
- Use a whisk to stir it and melt it- which should happen within minutes.
- Immediately serve it! Pour it in your mugs and start loading in the whipped cream! Top with chocolate shavings if you're really going all out like I would.