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Who makes your own hot chocolate??

post #1 of 21
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I love hot chocolate when it gets chilly. dh bought a box of Hershey's Chocolate Raspberry, n it was yummy.... until I took a look at the ingreds..... high sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil..... yikes!!
So I guess I gotta make my own hot chocolate..... only, how do you do it? Am I stupid? do you just buy cocoa and cook it with some milk and sugar??
post #2 of 21
usually there's a recipe on the cocoa box, but yeah, that's basically it. milk + cocoa + sugar = hot chocolate. adjust the portions to your liking. you might also throw in a drop of vanilla extract and i think i've seen a pinch of salt called for before, too, but the basics are the milk and cocoa and sugar. if you want to go the really easy route you could get some organic chocolate syrup and just add that to the milk. i prefer to have more control over the chocolate/sugar ratio, though. i don't like it too sweet.

have fun!

p.s. you can do it on the stovetop or in the nuke-rowave. if you nuke it, though, i've found it works best to warm just a teeny bit of milk with the cocoa for about a minute to get the cocoa to mix well. then add the rest of the milk and nuke til steaming hot and foamy.
post #3 of 21
Here's the recipe off the side of Hershey's Cocoa (believe it or not, I just happened to be making some when I saw this thread).

Top of stove top, six servings
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
dash salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups milk
3/4 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in saucepan; stir in hot water. Cook and stir over med heat until mixture boils; boil and stir two minutes. Stir in milk and heat. Do NOT boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla.

I usually use just under a cup of sugar, it's plenty sweet that way.

I need to figure out how to adapt that recipe for cocoa dry mix to take to work so I could just add water. How would I substitute dry milk for the wet milk, anyone know?
post #4 of 21

you can use chocolate silk...

Hi there,
You can buy chocolate Silk soymilk and just heat that right up...Simple and sooo yummy.
post #5 of 21
I admit, I'm not as big a fan of homemade hot cocoa (although that darn Land o' Lakes "Cocoa Classics" mix rocks...

... but, homemade hot chocolate is something that I really love!

Heat together in a saucepan or double boiler, whisking frequently:

3/4c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-2 T. sugar (to taste)
3c. milk (any kind)
1 T. vanilla extract
1/2 t. ground cinnamon

Orage zest is delightful in this as well...
post #6 of 21
Yes, try using both cocoa AND finely chopped, good quality chocolate! And the cinnamon and/or orange zest sound fabulous.
post #7 of 21
So that's the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate! Well, duh! : It's obvious now I think about it.

Hershey's syrup, mug of milk, stir vigorously, nuke till hot.

Though that hot chocolate sounds pretty darn good.
post #8 of 21
My family used to make a version of hot chocolate around Christmastime from a Frugal Gourmet cookbook. I know it involved good bar chocolate and whipping cream. Mmmm...
post #9 of 21
If you're lazy like me, Giradeli (sp?) hot chocolate has less yucky ingredients. It's also made to be cooked in milk instead of water, so it's a little bit more healthy. I usually stir in some powdered milk after it's hot to make up for the calcium that you don't absorb because of the chocolate, but I'm pregnant, so you may not want to do that.
post #10 of 21
Mmm! Ghirardelli chocolate is awesome! Maybe I'll get some of the hot chocolate mix too.
post #11 of 21
Good quality bar chocolate (either chopped or grated) always yields the best results, but it rarely lasts long enough to end up in hot chocolate around here, and then there's my rampant laziness to contend with, as well... so we usually settle for chocolate chips....
post #12 of 21
Rice Dream Baby! They have a chocoalte and a carob flavor and believe it or not they have no sugar of any kind. It is so creamy and sweet. Just heat and enjoy, yum!!!!
post #13 of 21
1/3 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbl flour
1/3 c sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 c water
2 c light cream
1 c milk
1-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract

1 c whipped cream w/ grated nutmeg
cinnamon stick with a curly orange peel wrapped around it

Combine first 7 ingredients in heavy pot, whisk till smooth, heat till just barely simmering. Add cream and then milk in thin stream, whisking continually. Heat till hot. Take off heat and add vanilla and/or almond extract.

Top with whipped cream, garnish as desired, enjoy, then eat celery for the next 6 days to make up for it.
post #14 of 21
Ah!laska makes a great organic cocoa that I like to use. Also, for when I'm lazy, I like Hershey's Good Night Kisses when I can find it - it doesn't have caffeine! I also like getting Ibarra or some other brand of Mexican hot chocolate at the food import stores - it's a solid chocolate chunk that you put in a blender with hot milk/soymilk. Yummy - gotta go make some now, since it's a perfect day for it (wet and cold!)
post #15 of 21
Here's how I make hot chocolate: 1 tspn powdered chocolate (like Hersheys), about 2 tspns honey or maple syrup, a pinch of salt, and hot soymilk in a cup. The best hot chocolate I ever had in my whole life was served at a small department store in Tiajuana, Mexico. Just a word about Silk: it contains carageenan which is a carcinogen and is contained in many soymilks. I only buy soymilk w/o carageenan like Vitasoy.
post #16 of 21
I make hot cocoa with powdered cocoa, a bit of salt, milk and peach/pear/pineapple juice concentrates (3P sweetener) and it's yummy. I can't give the recipe because I never measure it!
post #17 of 21
T stepkoni, carrageenan comes from seaweed - where did you hear it's a carcinogen? if you have a source for that I'd love to see it, because carrageenan is in a lot of things.
post #18 of 21
Jane--I heard that carrageenan is a carcinogen on a health related talk show (Dr. Ronald Hoffman on WOR radio). Then my husband found some studies on carrageenan on the internet which show that it can cause cancer of the digestive tract I think. Do a search on the internet for more details.
post #19 of 21
I make my own too--I usually mix the cocoa powder with a tiny bit of water to make it more mixable, and then add sweetner (we almost always use honey in our house), then add milk, always mixing. I like to sometimes add almond extract, instead of vanilla.

I used to buy packets but they really are kind of scary--like "coffeee whitener." I haven't bought "just add water" mix in years. My mom does. Which is weird, considering that she just sold the cows less than 2 years ago. Don't you think she'd prefer milk cocoa? :
post #20 of 21
Alton Brown on Foodtv made a really good chocolate mix that I think you only have to add hot milk to, but i cant find the reciepe for it now. I did a search on foodtv and came up with some others that look yummy.
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