I know that most of you have probably been experiencing colder temperatures for a while now, but here in Florida we are just experiencing cooler weather. In my opinion any weather under 60 degrees is an excuse to make hot chocolate.
I am not sure how much longer our little cold spell will last so we have been making hot chocolate a lot. Today being Valentine's Day was an extra excuse to make it also. Nothing says love like chocolatey creamy hot goodness!
If you have never had homemade hot chocolate made with real milk, sugar and cocoa; be prepared to have your taste buds blown. That stuff you buy in the box. You know those little packages? That is not hot chocolate. It pretty much tastes like water compared to this stuff. I am a firm believer that if you are going to indulge yourself in a treat; it's all or nothing! So go ahead and treat yo self and your loved ones to this delicious treat in a cup!
Homemade Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream
4 cups of milk
1/4c. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1Tbs. already brewed coffee(optional) For enhancing flavor.
Mix 1 cup of heavy cream and 2Tbs sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 tsp vanilla if desired.
Stir cocoa powder and sugar in a medium pot. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Add in salt and coffee and vanilla. Remove from heat. Use a ladle to pour into cups. Top with homemade whipped cream. Savor and enjoy!
Does cold weather make you want to bake, eat and cozy up?
Have you ever made homemade hot chocolate?
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