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What’s more comforting than a warm cup of hot chocolate? This recipe takes minutes to whip together and if you’re a baker, you probably have everything in your pantry! All you need is a bit of baking chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, sugar, and some milk, of course. This is delicious topped with whipped cream or homemade marshmallows. I love mine with a cinnamon stick and extra cinnamon sprinkled on top. In my opinion, you simply cannot have too much cinnamon in hot chocolate. I adore it!
This has such a silky smooth texture. It’s not super thick, which I like because I think hot chocolate should warm you up, not slow you down! Just look at how luscious it is!
I wrote this up as “cinnamon to taste” because I never measure the cinnamon but I like mine with loads of cinnamon. When in doubt, it’s always better to add a little, taste in, and add more if you want more. Like my mom always sad, you can always add more but you can’t take it out.
Want a five o’clock version? Try my Orange Hot Chocolate with Grand Marnier!
Classic Hot Chocolate
Serves 1 (easily doubles)
1 cup milk
1 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate, finely chopped (I always use Ghirardelli!)
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp sugar
Ground cinnamon to taste
Serving suggestion: whipped cream or homemade marshmallows, cinnamon stick, extra ground cinnamon on top
- Heat milk in a small sauce pan on the stove. Whisk in chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Keep whisking until chocolate is melted and drink is warmed to your liking.
- Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows. Serve immediately.
Larger batch proportions:
4 cups milk
4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate (1 Ghirardelli bar)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
4 pinches salt
Cinnamon to taste
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