Homemade Hot Chocolate

Posted by Vanessa in Cooking, September 26, 2009

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I may have been reaching when I served Giada’s Hot Chocolate with our breakfast for dinner menu this summer, but hey, why not. Turns out I’m the only one in our family who is willing to drink a warm beverage while sweating.

After making hot chocolate from scratch a few years ago, I’ve never went back to the packets. It may be a bit easier, but you really sacrifice in flavor and if I’m going to drink hot chocolate, I want it to be good. To the recipe I added 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. I like the extra flavor this touch gives.

I loved Giada’s idea of a Hot Chocolate Bar with a selection of toppings. I think this would be great to serve if you’re having a get-together at your home. (Just not in the summer.)

2 Responses to “Homemade Hot Chocolate”

  1. Laura W says:

    What a wonderful idea to have a hot chocoalte bar! I usually try and do some kind of cookie exhange for Christmas – now I have the perfect accent. I've never made my own hot chocolate. What is your favorite recipe?

  2. Vanessa says:

    That would be perfect for a cookie exchange! Great idea! Here's my favorite hot chocolate recipe:

    1 cup sugar
    2/3 cup baking cocoa
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    8 cups milk
    2/3 cup water
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon almond extract

    In a large saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Stir in milk and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in extracts.

    (This recipe came from a Taste of Home magazine a couple years ago.)

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