Whether it’s cold or warm out, chocolate is always a nice treat.
Today, let’s talk about a chocolate recipe that will warm both the body and soul.
Some Cool History for the Hot Drink
Hot chocolate’s rich flavor is paired with a rich history that goes back 3,000 years, when the Mayans are thought to have first created it.
It spread from Mexico to Europe, where its popularity skyrocketed.
This adoration came from two prominent factors – yummy taste and at that time the scarcity of chocolate.
Chocolate was thought of as a luxury item, and hot chocolate didn’t require a lot to make it – just powder or shavings.
It was used for a number of things, from a sweet beverage to medicinal purposes.
From that point, several adaptations were made, and even today, hot chocolate is simply an umbrella for several different drinks that differ based on region, culture, and preference.
Good ol’ American Cocoa
Italy’s version of hot chocolate, cioccolata calda, is thick and rich.
The Latin American version is chocolate para mesa. This is a spiced cocoa drink that often includes a sprinkling of cinnamon and sometimes the addition of dried chilis.
Our North American adaptation is thinner than Italy’s version, and certainly less spicy than Latin America.
Especially because the quick and easy option of mixing the pre-packaged cocoa drink with boiling water is our most popular way of preparation.
We also love making it as sweet as possible because hot chocolate is typically thought of as a treat or dessert beverage, kind of like a milkshake.
Most often times people load their mugs of hot chocolate goodness with tiny marshmallows, whipped cream, or even chocolate shavings.
However you enjoy it, one thing is for sure – it is comforting, timeless, and yummy.
How to Make it at Home
To make it at home, ditch the instant packets and their extra additives you don’t need!
Why pay for those packets when you can make it more delicious and wholesome from the ingredients you already have on hand?
It only requires – cocoa, sugar, and milk, and a little boiling water.
Stir and heat.
Of course, you can add whatever else you want to give it a little razzle dazzle.
The choice is yours, and the possibilities are endless.Print
Resist the temptation to use a store-bought packet for hot chocolate when everything you need for this quick and delicious recipe is at your fingertips. Combine, stir, simmer, enjoy!
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 3 cups milk
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, salt, and cocoa. Give it quick whisk.
- Add the water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer 2 minutes, whisking ocassionally.
- Add milk.
- Heat gently so that the milk doesn’t scorch.