How to Make Hot Chocolate | Best Hot Chocolate Recipe | Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe
Very cold evenings, darkening skies as early as 5:00 pm, sniffling noses and gloomy rooms artificially brightened to keep up one's spirits are the norm currently. Thank you Winter :). Except for the sniffling part, I have always been a winter girl. No, make it rain lover first, winter next. Simply said, anything apart from hot, humid and bright is totally my thing. I tend to be more "gloomy" during the summer than in winter. Winter and rain exhilarate me. Not to sound presumptuous, I truly can be the best thing to be around with during such months :)
How to Make Hot Chocolate | Best Hot Chocolate Recipe | Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe
But, something happened that has threatened to change the very foundation of my being. Who knew that even I would long for summer, where days are bright and warm. When the sound of pitter-patter would involuntary bring out a "Oh noooo!" instead of the familiar "Yayyyyyyyy!". Like my husband says -"Oh well, now I believe in miracles!". All it took for such a marvel to happen was the advent of our little one. Keeping him inside the house is the worst punishment I can think for anyone - even my most hated enemy (not that I have one). And rain and winter means exactly that, so summer people count me in:)
I have at times early morning meetings like at 7:00 am (yeah, don't ask!). Getting up early is not the problem but leaving the house when its all dark, trying to heat up that cold car and drive with a grizzly bear jacket is not fun especially when you know that both the husband and little one are all snuggled up in bed, sleeping. That bugs me esp. since that's the best part of winter for me. One such morning when I was parking my car, I heard two women talking about Hot chocolate in front of me.  That made me crave for it so bad, that I couldn't wait to get back home and help myself to some. This recipe from BHG site was a life saver then and has become a favorite with a delicious rich chocolatey flavor. Extremely simple, quick to put together and it tastes like heaven. I tend to enjoy it the best when I am wrapped up in my comforter watching a mushy movie. Bliss!
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  • Serves: 3 people
  • Yields: Makes 2.5 cups (600 ml)
  • 1-1/2 cups low fat Milk. see Tips
  • 2/3 cup Unsweetened Lite Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate shavings (optional)
1. Whole Milk: I have switched from using low fat/skim milk to using full fat Whole Milk after reading various contradictory reports on using the former. To lower the fat intake, I simply replace some of the required qty of milk with water. So in this recipe, I used 1 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup water.
1. In a saucepan combine the milk (see Tip 1) , coconut milk  and sweetened condensed milk.
2. Bring to a simmer over  low heat, stirring occasionally.
3. Whisk in cocoa powder
4. until well-combined.
5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Serve hot topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if using. You don't taste the coconut as such, more like just a hint. If you want a more coconut flavor, I would suggest reducing the amount of milk and increase the coconut milk. How to Make Hot Chocolate | Best Hot Chocolate Recipe | Easy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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adapted minimally from better home and garden's recipe

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By Swati on Aug 12, 2013

Sorry to say but i feel there are lot of similarities between us :D Firstly I always thought of a blog, secondly i am ( or wanna be ) bake-holic :D and thirdly, this winter-rain thing ;) i dont like summers at all.. oh yeah there is a 4th point too, hot chocolate ! take care

By Lakshmi on Mar 27, 2013

Looks yummy. I'll definitely try this one. Thanks!

By Ada t on Mar 26, 2013

Great but they make a Dark Chocolate Almond Milk by Silk that is great hot or cold or frozen smoothie. Also, I would use milk with coconut oil to get coconut flavor .the fat helps you lose weight,

By Charul @ Tadka Masala on Jan 21, 2013

Ohh so yumm! And with the chill in the weather this is looking all the more tempting!

By Just a girl from aamchi mumbai on Jan 16, 2013

I love Hot Chocolate. Infact during winters I go to San Churros and drink some gorgeous Spanish hot chocolate in unhealthy proportions. Too hot to drink it at the moment though but love your post. :)

By veenashankar on Jan 16, 2013

My favourite anytime..

By Needful Things on Jan 16, 2013

Who would have thought Tres Leches would work with hot chocolate. Yum!

By CurryLeaf on Jan 16, 2013

Looks yum. A must try DK. :-P

By Preveena on Jan 16, 2013

That's looks really delicious. Now i feel like having Hot chocolate :D

By Archana on Jan 16, 2013

Love the chocolate. Not that I love chooclate drinks but this is beautiful.

By Maria on Jan 15, 2013

Quite tempting and yumm

By Priya on Jan 15, 2013

Omg, wat a delightful and irresistible hot chocolate.

By nikita on Jan 15, 2013

so low fat milk might not be good! oh...these days you can never be sure whats good and whats not!

Yes, it sure is confusing. I read the ingredients and the more I recognize them (and/or they are in whole unprocessed state) better my chances of investing in them --DK

By Shweta on Jan 15, 2013

Interesting idea, tropical touch for the cold weather!! Wanted to know more about contradictions for low fat/ skim milk too.. Can u please send me some link.

This is just one of the many I have read - why Skim Milk isn't necessarily better. When in doubt, stay away is my policy. --DK