Hot Chocolate Mix
makes about 2 cups
The secret to the ultimate hot chocolate? No prizes for guessing, it’s good quality dark chocolate.
This simple mix of shaved chocolate and sugar is all you need to add to hot milk for the best hot chocolate ever.
80g (3oz) caster sugar
200g (7oz) dark chocolate
1. Shave chocolate using a knife, vegetable peeler or grate with a grater. You could even whizz it in the food processor.
2. Combine shaved chocolate with sugar and place in an air tight container.
Will keep as long as your chocolate will in an airtight container. If the weather is super hot, migh be better in the fridge so it doesn’t melt into a big clump. Remove from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature before using.
milk chocolate – some may prefer milk chocolate. Depending on how sweet you like things you may not need all the sugar.
spiced – add a few teaspoons of ground cinnamon in the mix.
marshmallow – if you need your mashmallow fix, a small bag of white marshmallows might make a great companion gift.
Problem Solving Guide
too sweet – add more milk to the hot chocolate to balance it out.
mixture separating –best to shake the jar before using.
Needs an air tight container. I like glass jars but little sealable plastic bags would also work well.
dark chocolate, sugar
ultimate hot chocolate – serves 1 – Heat 1 cup milk in a saucepan or microwave until just at a simmer. Remove from the heat and add 3-4 tablespoons hot chocolate mix. Whisk or whizz with a stick blender until frothy and smooth and the chocolate has melted.
marshmallow – make hot chocolate as above but serve with marshmallows either on the side or on top.
decadent – make hot chocolate as per the recipe above. Serve topped with whipped cream or ice cream and sprinkled with a little extra hot chocolate mix.
mocha – add in a teaspoon of instant coffee when you add the hot chocolate mix to the milk. Or if you have an espresso machine, add a shot of espresso.