Classic Hot Chocolate

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Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

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!

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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!

Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

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.

Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe
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Want a five o’clock version? Try my Orange Hot Chocolate with Grand Marnier!

Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe

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

Pinch salt
Serving suggestion: whipped cream or homemade marshmallows, cinnamon stick, extra ground cinnamon on top

  1. 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.
  2. Pour into a mug and top with whipped cream or marshmallows. Serve immediately.

Larger batch proportions:
Serves 4
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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