Homemade Drinking Chocolate Recipe
When the temperature drops and more hours are spent indoors snuggled up under blankets, nothing beats a warm mug of drinking chocolate. Drinking chocolate, rather than cocoa, is the more grown up and richer version of a favorite childhood treat. Packaged and powdered drink mixes–move aside. Drinking chocolate makes a delectable gift, perfect for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or the holidays. However, we dare you to try this recipe and still want to give it away!
Drinking Chocolate VS Hot Cocoa
If you already know the difference between drinking chocolate and hot cocoa, you can go ahead and skip ahead to the recipe section. If, however, you have never had the pleasure to enjoy real drinking chocolate, you are in for a treat. Drinking chocolate is made with milk, preferably whole milk, in the same way that it’s traditionally made in European cafes. It is made with real ground dark chocolate, milk, and if you choose–whipped cream or marshmallows. This recipe adds a bit more to it, but still calls for milk and real chocolate. In contrast, hot cocoa is made with powdered cocoa and powdered milk. It can be mixed in with either water or milk–but either way will taste less rich and thinner than drinking chocolate. Our delicious drinking chocolate recipe follows. It is surprisingly easy and makes enough for 8-10 servings.
- 10 oz dark chocolate (preferably around 70%)
- 3 T sugar
- 1 t vanilla paste or extract
- 1 t fleur de sel or fine sea salt
- Whole milk
- Optional: marshmallows and whipped cream
Break the dark chocolate into chunks and add to a food processor. Process the chocolate until you get a coarse chop. Add in the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Process the ingredients together until you get a fine chop. If you don’t have a food processor, you can chop the chocolate finely by hand, add to a lidded jar, and shake the chocolate and other ingredients until well mixed. The food processor helps to evenly distribute the vanilla, salt, and sugar, but with vigorous shaking, you should be able to get nearly the same result.
Store the drinking chocolate mixture in a lidded glass jar. A .5L Weck Jar was used here and the mixture fit perfectly. However, you can use a mason jar with a lid or any other glass jar you have on hand.
To Heat and Eat
Start by heating your whole milk on medium-low in a saucepan. You will need 1 cup of milk per serving. Once the milk has warmed, add 3 T of the mix per serving. Whisk together the chocolate mixture and milk until they are smoothly combined. Once your milk has reached the desired temperature and you have melted all of the chocolate, remove from the heat and pour into your mugs. Serve warm and top with whipped cream or marshmallows if you choose.
The Perfect Gift
If you are able to part ways with your delicious concoction, go ahead and package it up and decorate your jar. If you’re smart–you’ve multiplied your batch to make enough for yourself and your friends. To pretty up the jar, try tying a scarf or ribbon around the base. You may also add some stickers, twine, or even paint the outside. Be sure to include the instructions for how to properly heat and eat the drinking chocolate.
Photo Credits: Katherine
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Katherine lives in Kansas City with her husband, toddler, and 3 furry children. When she is not at home with her daughter, she is finishing up her Ph.D. in psychology or working on one of her multiple half-finished art projects. She loves ceramics, crafts, fitness, paper mache, and pretending to learn French and Spanish.