5 Hot Chocolate Recipes To Keep You Cozy In The Rains!
Call me an opportunist, but I think we should celebrate Mumbai’s sexy weather! What better way to enjoy the torrential rain and cooler temperatures than some delicious hot chocolate with your bae? It’s ridiculously easy to make a mug of sinfully dark goodness and it beats anything you’ll get at your local coffee chain. Be careful to only use good quality dark chocolate for all the recipes — 70% would be ideal. Only use milk chocolate if you’re in dire straits, but be careful to halve the amount of sugar specified and taste as you go along. All recipes make enough for approximately 2 mugs. Just enough for a romantic date.
1. Nutella Hot Chocolate
This Nutella Hot Chocolate is a sinful treat, no matter what the season!
- 2 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons nutella
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- Heat milk in a medium sized saucepan on medium – high heat until it begins to warm and steam. Add the nutella, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until dissolved and combined. Turn down the gas and bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat.
- Serve with a drizzle of nutella, marshmallows, nuts and other delicious bits.
Recipe and image courtesy: Cafe Delites
2. Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate
Coconut milk and condensed milk give a delicious, tropical twist to this hot chocolate!
- ½ cup milk
- 200 ml unsweetened coconut milk
- 100 ml condensed milk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- Few drops of vanilla essence, or 1/8th of a vanilla pod
- Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, coconut milk and condensed milk, whisking well to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally so the mixture doesn’t scorch on the bottom of the pan. Once simmering, whisk in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve the hot chocolate in mugs topped with sweetened whipped cream, chocolate shavings, marshmallows, or whatever else your little heart desires.
Recipe and image courtesy: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
3. Cinnamon-Spiked Homemade Hot Chocolate
This malty and slightly spiced hot chocolate will keep you oh-so-warm and happy!
- 240 ml milk
For the hot chocolate mix:
- 1/2 tablespoon Horlicks
- 1/2 tablespoon cornflour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon good quality cocoa
- 30 grams good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
- 1 tiny pinch ground cinnamon
- 1 minuscule pinch sea salt
- Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.
- Meanwhile, add all the chocolate mix ingredients to a large jar and give it a good stir to combine. You need around 2 ½ heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk. Simply spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and cook for a few minutes on low before serving. Add toppings as desired.
- You can also double the amount of the powder mix and store it in your fridge for 2 weeks!
Recipe and image courtesy: Jamie Oliver
4. PEPPERMINT WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE
Give yourself a taste of Christmas through the year with this simple recipe!
- 2 cups reduced fat or whole milk
- 100 grams white chocolate broken into small pieces
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
- whipped cream, crushed peppermint candy (optional toppings)
- In a small saucepan, combine white chocolate pieces and milk. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until the milk gets hot and the white chocolate melts. Don’t let it boil.
- Remove from heat and stir in the peppermint extract. Divide the hot chocolate between the cups and top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy, if desired.
Recipe and image courtesy: Cooktoria
5. Bon Appetit’s Best Hot Chocolate
This classic recipe will never let you down!
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed), plus more for garnish
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 100 grams dark chocolate, finely chopped
- 1 1/2 tablespoons demerara or granulated sugar
- Sweetened whipped cream (for serving)
- 1/4 cup water
- Bring 1/4 cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa powder until no lumps remain, then add milk and return to a simmer. Whisk in chocolate and sugar and cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.
- Divide hot chocolate among mugs. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.
Recipe and image courtesy: Bon Appetit