My Favourite Homemade Hot Chocolate

I had the most interesting experience one weekend, when my boyfriend and I decided to go for a Saturday afternoon treat at the newest French bakery in Johannesburg, Pauls, in Melrose Arch. A picturesque place complete with gold details and the warm smell of freshly baked goods all on display to make your tastes buds dance.

After being seated by a gorgeous young lady in a lab coat (not entirely sure why the coat), we happily ordered some hot chocolate and an array of cakes and tarts. However, when our hot chocolate arrived we were very confused. Either we’ve been living under a rock all these years or aren’t as pop cultured and ‘with it’, but we were served a cup of hot melted chocolate. Just melted chocolate. Pure chocolate. The type you stick your spoon in and when you take it out it dries. CHOCOLATE!

Besides the fact that it was dark chocolate and very bitter, I really love you Pauls but it wasn’t for me. This concept of hot chocolate was completely foreign to me and I was baffled.

After a few google and pinterest searches later, I embarrassingly discovered that that in fact is how hot chocolate was originally made. All my life I’ve been too familiar with the hot chocolate power you add 4 scoops to boiling hot water and milk, sugar to taste. My mind was completely blown that hot chocolate, was just that: HOT CHOCOLATE.

I decided I would redeem this concept of hot chocolate in my mind and make my own, with a slight twist. For one, I cannot do dark chocolate and if you’ve read anything from my blog you’ll know I have quite a sweet tooth. I’m also the ambassador for Lazy Girl Hacks (because if there’s an easy way why do it the long way?!) In this post, I share with you my two favourite homemade Hot Chocolate drinks with my own sweet twist. These are perfect for evening treats after dinner in the winter to just spoil yourself. You deserve it!

 

Nutella Gourmet Hot Chocolate

(Because what’s better than chocolate with more chocolate?)

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Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

2 spoons Nutella

½ slab of plain chocolate (I love Cadbury because it’s super smooth and creamy!)

1 cup of heated milk

½ cup of double thick cream

Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for the top

 

  1. In a glass bowl over a pot of simmering hot water, melt the chocolate and Nutella together until smooth. Keep the heat on low so you don’t burn the chocolate.
  1. Very slowly mix in the milk and stir continuously. (Again you don’t want to cook the chocolate so be sure to stir it in very carefully.)

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  1. Stir in the cream and turn up the heat slightly to keep it hot enough but not boiling. Continue stirring until you have a smooth, creamy drink.

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  1. As an added extra, I put a dollop of Nutella at the bottom of my glass for an added surprise of hazelnut flavor. Then pour the drink mixture into the glass, and top with some whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Some marshmallows if you feeling extra!

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Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Gourmet Hot Chocolate

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Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)

3 generous spoons of caramel treat (Ain’t nobody about making caramel from scratch!)

½ slab of plain chocolate (Again, Cadbury!)

1 cup of heated milk

½ cup of double thick creamy

1 cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder

salt

 

  1. In a glass bowl over a pot of simmering hot water, melt the chocolate and caramel treat together until smooth. Keep the heat on low so you don’t burn the chocolate. Sprinkle in enough salt for your taste (depending on how salty you like your salted caramel).

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  1. Very slowly mix in the milk and stir continuously. (Remember, stir carefully!) Add your cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.
  1. Stir in the cream and turn up the heat slightly to keep it hot enough but not boiling. Continue stirring until you have a smooth, creamy drink. (Don’t forget to take out the cinnamon stick once the flavour has infused.)

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  1. As an added extra, I put a extra generous dollop of caramel treat and a sprinkle of salt at the bottom of my glass. Then pour the drink mixture into the glass, and top with some whipped cream, a light dust of cinnamon and a drizzle of caramel treat.

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