Creamy Dreamy Cuppa Love

A few days ago I left my apartment en route to The Boyfriend’s and the Christmas mood struck me mid trip. I stopped at a deli for hot chocolate, and when I arrived at the apartment, BF’s roommate said, “What kind is it?!” And when I answered Swiss Miss he made a face. “Oh. I thought you’d be drinking something fancy.” I was embarrassed.

So to maintain my reputation, here is my own recipe for hot chocolate, which I promise I do actually make for myself. All the time. And if you should ever stop my apartment and find an empty Swiss Miss packet on the counter next to a Twinkie wrapper… well, those aren’t mine.

On the menu:
Homemade hot chocolate
Serves 2 (in big mugs, which is how it should be)

Disclaimer: this hot chocolate is not for everyone. It is VERY cocoa-y because I use a little less sugar than most recipes call for. But I like it that way. So… there.

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups milk
1/4 cup heavy cream

Pour the milk and cream in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let the milk simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cocoa, sugar, and salt. Mix well. Add the vanilla and stir again. Bring the mixture up to a boil and let cook at the high temperature for around 5 minutes (careful not to let it overflow… or you might have to clean up a big, fat, chocolatey mess on your stovetop. Not that that has ever happened to me…). Reduce to a simmer and let cook for another 5 minutes.

At this point you can taste it to make sure it’s not too sweet (or bitter) and add sugar/cocoa/milk as you please. This is also the important time where you add a small truckload of marshmallows. And then you drink. And then you’re instantly happy. Like magic.


Filed under Cooking, Recipes

6 responses to “Creamy Dreamy Cuppa Love

  1. Tes

    Homemade chocolate is my no. 1 comfort drink right now. I will try your version soon 🙂

  2. Fun! I like my cocoa unsweetened, actually. And like you, I have a heavy hand with the cocoa powder. Good times!

  3. “And if you should ever stop my apartment and find an empty Swiss Miss packet on the counter next to a Twinkie wrapper… well, those aren’t mine.”

    Hehehehe! I gotta say this brought a smile to my face! I’m enjoying looking through your blog! Your pancake recipe looks FABULOUS! I’m thinking I will need to try that soon! 🙂

  4. The Cocoa recipe is sooo inviting!

    I LOVE THE MUG!!!!!

    Ok, please excuse me while I check the rest of your site. :0)

  5. I’m all for homemade, but I have to admit, life doesn’t always supply enough time for such extravagances. Swiss Miss is pretty good as far as cocoa goes, they’re chocolate pudding is yummy too.
    And if you’re ever in my kitchen, those wrappers, I don’t know how they got there either.

  6. I just love the name of this post… very nice recipe

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