Five hot chocolate recipes to get you through winter
Sure, we have throws and soups and woolly hats – but nothing gets us through winter like a homemade cup of hot chocolate. Of course, we might be slightly biased, but we really do think hot chocolate is the best hot drink there is. So for the cold days and dark nights, here are five recipes to get you through the last little bit of winter.
Lavender white hot chocolate
If you’re looking for something light and floral, this recipe is the one for you.
Heat 2 cups of whole milk and 1/3 tsp lavender buds over a medium heat and stir occasionally. Remove from the heat once it starts to bubble, leave for five minutes then strain the lavender before putting the milk back on a medium heat. Add half a cup of white chocolate chips and stir until they’ve melted. Whisk for a bit of froth and drink up.
Peanut butter hot chocolate
If you’re craving something a bit nutty, here’s a recipe that’ll sort you out.
Bring 1 cup milk and ¼ cup cream to a simmer, then add in ¼ cup chocolate chips and stir until they melt. Add in 1 tbspn peanut butter and stir until melted.
Gingerbread hot cocoa
If you’re in the mood for a bit of spice, here’s a great recipe for your next indulge.
Heat 4 cups milk over a low heat, and in a separate bowl, combine ½ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup white sugar, ½ tspn ground cinnamon, ½ tspn allspice, ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ tspn vanilla extract and ¼ tspn sea salt. Mix together and whisk into the mixture until hot.
Salted caramel hot chocolate
If you want to sweeten your hot chocolate, there’s no better way to do it than salted caramel – and this recipe’s got your sorted.
Rub together 1 ½ cups granulated sugar and ¼ tsp fresh lemon juice in a bowl until the sugar is damp. Heat a pan and, when it’s hot, add the sugar and stir continuously. When it liquifies and turns to an amber colour, pour in 4 ½ cups milk while continuing to stir. Once the milk starts to simmer, remove from the heat before letting it come to a boil. Add 8 oz finely chopped milk chocolate and 2 oz dark chocolate to the pan and whisk until smooth and the chocolate has melted. Finish by adding a pinch of salt to taste.
Choc On Choc chocolate stirrers
If you’re looking for a nice and easy way to make a delicious hot chocolate treat, you’ll want to try Choc on Choc’s hot chocolate stirrers. Honestly, they’re good enough to make you wish winter lasted longer.
We have three flavours – salted caramel, chilli chocolate and milk chocolate – with handmade Belgium milk chocolate to simply stir into hot milk. The simplest and tastiest hot chocolate recipe there is!