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Creamy Hot Cocoa

We don't drink any Swiss chocolate powder packets over here. No thank you. I like to think it's healthier making your own hot chocolate from scratch? Maybe? Definitely not as bad as all the additives and preservatives stuffed into those packets.

We just had a blizzard here on the east coast and got 28.3 inches! It was baby R's first snow and she thought it was just hilarious watching the snow fall. We had the absolute best blizzard day. I had gone to the grocery store the day before (just like every other nutcase on the east coast), but I wasn't grabbing milk, eggs, and bread, I bought hot cocoa makings and ingredients for Apple Kuchen with a hot cream sauce (recipe to come soon). We had so much fun baking and stuffing our face with sweets while watching Frozen and just spent the day in our jimjams. And I mean really, what's more wintery than making hot cocoa?

Over here, we hate hate hate the stuff that comes out of the packet that dares to call itself hot chocolate. Hot chocolate doesn't even require a lot of work! Let's all stop mixing our packets into microwaved milk and treat ourselves to something really special. I may or may not have put amaretto into mine while my significant other doused his in brandy. It's optional. But sometimes necessary.

So stop breaking up the powder balls in your cup and make this instead!


1 1/2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

8 oz bittersweet chocolate chips (you can also use semi-sweet if the bittersweet is a little too- well, bitter for you)

Amaretto, optional

Whipped Cream, optional


1. Over a double boiler (or a large bowl over a pot of boiling water), mix the whole milk, heavy cream, and powdered sugar. Whisk until hot and bubbles form around the outside but NOT boiling, you don't want to burn the milk.

2. Turn off heat and remove from heat source. Stir in chocolate chips. DONE! At this point you can mix in your amaretto if using or put some whip cream on top.

This makes about 2 cups, but chocolate is thick and heavy so you may find yourself sipping a small amount. Enjoy!

Alternately, you can do a white hot chocolate! Also very very yummy. I'd take a picture, but it just looks like milk in a cup.


6 oz white chocolate (try to use a good quality one or else it could have a chalky texture)

4 cups whole milk

Pinch of salt

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp lemon juice

Peppermint Schnapps, optional


1. Over a double boiler (or a large bowl over a pot of boiling water), heat the milk and a pinch of salt until bubbles form on the outside but not boiling, you do NOT want the milk to burn.

2. Remove and turn off the heat, stir in the chocolate chips, extracts, and lemon juice. Enjoy!

3. You can also add in some peppermint schnapps if you so choose! Omit the almond extract and add a shot!

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