Homemade hot chocolate is so easy to make and a healthier alternative to shop-bought powders or mixes. Shop-bought versions could have a lot of sugar, salt (yes, even in sweet things) or all sorts of other additives, which you may not even be aware off, unless you make an effort to read the label. People who prefer to avoid gluten will also benefit from making their own version of this comforting drink. This way, you can control what goes into each mug of deliciousness. Choose a good quality dark chocolate to start with. Remember, dark chocolate gives a better, richer flavour than milk chocolate and contains much less sugar and other additives. If preferred, you can stir in a little honey for a sweeter taste.
500 ml (2 cups) milk
40 g good quality dark chocolate, broken in pieces
1 small cinnamon stick
ground cinnamon or cocoa, to serve
1. Heat the milk, chocolate and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over a low to medium heat, while stirring continuously. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted and the milk is warmed through, but make sure the mixture doesn’t boil.
2. Pour hot chocolate into mugs or heat-resistant glasses and sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa and serve immediately.
1. Stir in a shot of brandy or liqueur for the adults and serve immediately.
2. Serve with finger biscuits or biscotti as a dessert.
3. Cut a marshmallow with sharp kitchen scissors and stir in just before serving.