Homemade Hot Chocolate

We've had a fairly mild December in Chicago, but on Wednesday the temperatures will dip below freezing again. One of my favorite, comforting desserts on a cold winter's night is the quintessential mug of homemade hot chocolate. Nothing makes my heart go pitter patter like a decadent mug of cocoa. Here's my recipe (adapted from Dominique Ansel's cookbook):

Homemade Hot Chocolate 

Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings


3 1/2 cups whole milk

1 1/4 cups dark chocolate (53% or higher cocoa content), finely chopped

2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa paste, finely chopped. 


1) Boil milk in a small pot over low heat. 

2) Turn off heat. Pour in chocolate and cocoa paste, push under the hot milk, and let rest for about 30 seconds to melt the chocolate.

3) Whisk the mixture well, scraping the bottom of the pot until it is completely blended. (If the chocolate is not fully melted, turn the burner back on low while you whisk, being careful not to burn it.)

4) Serve piping hot in mugs. Top with marshmallows or meringues, if desired. 


Enjoy this delectable recipe on your next chilly evening! Do you have a favorite cocoa recipe? Fee free to share or link it in the comments below. 

Warm Wishes and Happy Holidays!

xo katie