Welcome to cooking with Christina! (I should trademark that.) A long story super short. I had some guests over during New Year festivities and one of them decided to take over my kitchen. Which resulted in me getting the recipe for the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted in my life. And now you get to be part of it too.
Psst. You don’t see me taking bites of my ingredients and making all the mmmmhmmm sounds like you see in the cooking shows. You’ll be doing that at home instead.
And a fun fact. We are not using cocoa powder. We are using chocolate. Hence it’s called hot chocolate and not hot cocoa. Meaning it will come out rich and creamy.
If you glance at the recipe, it definitely seems like it has a lot going on. The ingredients are easy to obtain. And cooking it is as easy as preparing ramen. With the only difference being that it tastes heavenly.
Here’s what you need:
- 2 cups of preferrably whole milk
- 4 oz of real chopped chocolate
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Tiny bit of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon (or more) of condensed milk (the secret ingredient)
Side note: When it comes to sugar, vanilla extract and condensed milk. See what suits you. Constantly give it a test run. You may want to change up the amount based on your taste buds.
Here’s how to make the magic happen:
1) Grab a chunk of chocolate of your choice, and chop and slice it. You can also use a grate. (The best chocolate to use are the ones with zero extras, preferably high quality ones. You know exactly what to use when you browse the sweet section.)
When you’re done slicing. Add them into a pot where you can melt it by using a microwave or a stove.
2) Heat up the 2 cups of milk in a pot until you see tiny bubbles coming up. Medium heat is fine, you don’t need to reach the ultimate boiling point.
3) Turn off the heat, and grab your pot of melted chocolate and slowly add it into the milk. Remember to stir and stir until it’s got that hot chocolatey-brownish look.
4) Add in 1 tsp of sugar. A tiny bit of vanilla extract and a tablespoon of condensed milk. Don’t forget to stir.
Voila! Enjoy! (Best served when everyone’s already asleep so you get to have all to yourself.)
P.S. If you make it, do tell how it turned out.