One of our favorite things to do when it’s cold out is to curl up with a huge cup of hot chocolate. Any kind will do, but our favorite is the mocha hot chocolate. There’s a little kick of caffeine along with the rich and creamy chocolate flavor, and it absolutely hits the spot. Whether you’re making this for a 5-year-old (and in that case, please omit the espresso powder) or a 55-year-old, this recipe is perfection and will instantly perk up the person drinking it, even before the caffeine kicks in; it’ll make you smile and give you a little boostwho doesn’t want that?!
Mocha Hot Chocolate
- 1 1/3 cups milk
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for garnish
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
- 3/4 tablespoon instant espresso powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- whipped cream, to taste
- In a large saucepan, heat milk and heavy cream over medium heat and bring to a low simmer. Be careful not to boil it.
- Combine cocoa powder, sugar, espresso powder and 1 pinch salt together in a small bowl.
- Slowly whisk cocoa mixture into the warm milk and turn heat down to low.
- Continue stirring until hot chocolate is smooth and there are no lumpy pieces, then pour and mix in vanilla extract.
- Pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon.
Recipe adapted from Half-Baked Harvest