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Christmas hot chocolate shown in 2 gray mugs, which sit atop 2 white saucers. The cocoa is topped with freshly whipped cream & shaved chocolate. The saucers sit atop a white surface, next to a black plaid linen napkin, twinkly lights, Christmas ornaments, & decorative pine tree.

Christmas Hot Chocolate (Seriously Rich & Creamy!)

  • Author: Jess Larson
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8-10 1x
  • Category: Beverages, Drinks & Cocktails
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Decadent, ultra-chocolatey & extra creamy Christmas Hot Chocolate! Homemade hot cocoa is made from scratch with milk, heavy cream, bittersweet chocolate, & a few other pantry staples. Majorly Santa-approved!


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • one (1) 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chips or finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • for serving, as desired: freshly whipped cream,¬†shaved chocolate, crushed peppermint candies

Instructions

Homemade hot chocolate ingredients arranged on a white surface: bittersweet chocolate wafers, vanilla extract, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream & whole milk.

  1. Prepare the hot chocolate: Add all listed ingredients (milk, cream, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate, vanilla, salt) to medium pot or saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring the mixture to a very light simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is melted and the hot cocoa is smooth; the cocoa will thicken some as it simmers. [gallery columns="2" size="full" ids="14018,14020,14021,14022"]
  2. Serve immediately, topped as desired. We like our Christmas Cocoa topped with lots of freshly whipped cream & shaved chocolate. Marshmallows always encouraged. Enjoy!Christmas hot chocolate shown in 2 gray mugs, which sit atop 2 white saucers. The cocoa is topped with freshly whipped cream & shaved chocolate. The saucers sit atop a white surface, next to a black plaid linen napkin, twinkly lights, Christmas ornaments, & decorative pine tree.

Keywords: Christmas hot chocolate, hot cocoa, homemade, creamy, thick