I will tell you something about me and hot chocolate.
I met different forms of chocolate drinks when I was a child – instant chocolate mix, ready-to-drink chocolate drink… you name it. I loved all of them… but when I was growing up, I realized that there’s something much better – hot chocolate made from real chocolate with milk, marshmallows and cream.
I proposed my undying love to hot chocolate. There are times it doesn’t hurt me, but most of the time, it hurts me.
You ask why? …because like cream cheese, I feel a little dizzy after drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Well, I think it’s not the chocolate mix itself but the milk (milk, hot or cold, makes me dizzy). Nonetheless, I still drink hot chocolate. Who could resist a good cup of hot chocolate? 😀
Hot chocolate is one of the things I’ve always loved. Who doesn’t love a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows (with cream)? Who? Who?
I was thinking of making a hot chocolate drink for one (yeah, only for me) 😀 but I changed my mind in the last minute and decided to make instant hot chocolate mix instead.
I’ve seen so many instant hot chocolate mixes but nothing has captured my heart. I’ve seen so many recipes, but I think I am looking for something something. What I know is hot chocolate mixes are made up of cocoa powder, sugar and even powdered milk. I wanted something I could not figure out.
And then one night, I was watching YouTube and saw Laura Vitale’s video of instant hot chocolate mix. I thought it was just another common hot chocolate mix. I didn’t want to watch or see anymore recipe, but because it’s Laura, I did watch the video.
And BAM! I saw what I was looking for – an addition of grated chocolate and espresso powder.
- 1/4 cup vanilla sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 4 oz 70% cacao chocolate (I used Lindt), grated
- 1/2 tsp espresso powder
- 1/2 tsp of cornstarch, optional
- In a bowl, place everything and give it a good mix.
- Transfer to an air-tight container.
- When ready to drink, heat 1 cup of milk (or 1/2 cup water + 1/2 milk or 1/2 milk + 1/2 cup heavy cream) in a microwave or over a stove. Add 2 1/2 heaping tbsp of hot chocolate mix.
- Transfer your hot chocolate into a mug and top marshmallow if desired.
Recipe from Laura Vitale.
I found the addition of grated chocolate a brilliant idea. I really love this hot chocolate mix – it’s chocolately rich and not overly sweet.
And what’s good way to enjoy hot chocolate than to add mini marshmallows and candy cane. 😀
I saw a box of candy canes at the mall and I took it especially for this hot chocolate. 😀
Now, I’m coming to bring you this delicious, comforting hot chocolate drink. I hope you enjoy this. 😉
Sharing this at Fiesta Friday #46 hosted by the genius Angie, co-hosted by Aunt Juju and Margy.