Homemade Hot Chocolate Is A Thing!
Before you rush off and buy another container of the glorious hot drink to add to your trolley, consider what you are really wanting: delicious creamy chocolate (in powder form) to dissolve in a mug of steaming hot milk. Right? Broken down even further it becomes cocoa, sugar and full cream milk. Wha la! As much as the marketing will tell you otherwise and the packaging looks amazing, hot chocolate really is just cocoa and sugar with milk, usually in powder form. Obviously, the way we buy it these days means it has to be packed, transported, stored, stand on shelf for months, compete with other manufacturers of the same product and still be suitable for use, so manufacturers have to add a few more ingredients and process steps. Hence, our traditional cocoa has become the complicated store bought version of hot chocolate we know today.
What are the extras in your store bought hot chocolate?The ingredients list on the back of most of your hot chocolate packaging will usually include preservatives, stabilisers, flavourants, vegetable fats (usually palm oil), whey powder, milk powders, anti-caking agents and salt, together with the traditional cocoa powder and sugars or sweeteners. Add in the big factory operations dedicated to mixing, processing, packing, storing and transporting your hot chocolate and it's a lot of people, resources and unnatural additives for something that should be relatively simple! And it can be simple! When you are not running powders through machines, storing them, transporting them or letting them sit on shelf for months in a store, you don't need all those extras. If you have cocoa powder, sugar and milk in your house, you have everything you need for a more natural and simplified cup of deliciousness.
How to make homemade hot chocolate.Did you know most store bought hot chocolates have a sugar to cocoa ratio of 6 to 1? That's a lot of sugar per cup! The biggest advantage of making your own hot chocolate is being able to adjust the sugar content to fit your tastes. And why wouldn't you make your own when it takes less than 1 minute?
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 3 cups sugar (exact measurements are adjustable based on personal preference)
- 1 level teaspoon of salt
- Milk (dairy, almond or coconut milk all work)
- Add the sugar, cocoa powder and salt into a mixing bowl and mix evenly.
- Store in a sealed glass jar until ready to use.
It really is that easy!
How to whip up your hot chocolate when you want a cuppa
There are many different ways to make your cup of hot chocolate. The amount of water to milk you use is a personal preference. The higher the ratio of milk the creamier your drink will be.
- Add 2 spoons of your hot chocolate mix to a mug
- Fill the mug with milk and microwave for 2 minutes.
OR, for those that prefer less milk,
- Add 2 spoons of hot chocolate mix to a mug
- Fill the mug with 3/4 boiling water and 1/4 milk
Need a dairy-free version?
Unlike your store bought hot chocolates this powder mix contains no dairy and is 100% plant based. To make a full vegan hot chocolate you can:
- Substitute the full cup of milk for almond milk
- Top up the mug of hot water with 1/4 coconut cream for a coconutty chocolate flavour.
Making your Homemade Hot Chocolate even better…
- It’s all about the cocoa powder! Cocoa powder is not all created equal. The roasting techniques of the cocoa bean and processing involved varies between producers, which can create a huge variation in taste and texture. Unfortunately there is no way for a consumer to be able to tell the difference without tasting or smelling it. Find a brand you have tried and tested, that is 100% alkalised cocoa powder (no added flavourants).
- Want extra creamy hot chocolate? Add some cream to your mug. YUM!
- Like the taste of coconut and want some extra cream? Try adding some coconut cream. Also YUM!
- Love cinnamon? Add some cinnamon to your hot chocolate powder mix. We recommend 1 – 2 tablespoons (in the hot chocolate mix above). A small amount of nutmeg (1 teaspoon-ish) also tastes great! Be creative, this is your mug of indulgence, it should be a thing of beauty!
Our Personal Experience
There is something about understanding what goes into things and then making your own products from scratch that just feels so good! No store bought product can replace that feeling and it’s even better when the thing you make is something as deliciously rewarding as hot chocolate. This way of doing doing hot chocolate has been done in our family for many years and it’s not something we will be changing anytime soon.
The best part about winter
Winter is the calm to summer’s buzz. It is time to slow down, take the cues from the weather, get lost in a book and regroup your thoughts. There is no better time to work your creative juices, empower yourself with new ways of doing things and experiment at home with your family.