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Gemma’s Best Ever Hot Chocolate

4.46 from 24 votes
Make my rich and decadent Best Ever Hot Chocolate recipe and warm the hearts of your family and friends during the holiday season.

Hi Bold Bakers!

My Best-Ever Hot Chocolate is made on pure chocolate–not cocoa powder and dried milk but rich bittersweet chocolate and creamy milk. You know when you drink a thick, rich hot chocolate and wonder how they make it? This is that recipe. The secret is REAL dark chocolate. This Hot Chocolate has so much depth and richness from lovely dark chocolate. For best results always use good quality chocolate with around 72% cocoa solids.

I cannot go through the holiday season without drinking my fair share of Hot Chocolate. I usually make a pit stop at Starbucks for a Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate when I’m out and about shopping but there is nothing like making your own at home, hence my Best-Ever Hot Chocolate recipe.

The beauty of Hot Chocolate is that it welcomes additions; they just make it better. Marshmallows are a given, of course, but get creative and top it with my Frozen Whipped Cream. What is that? It is exactly what it says it is, sweet whipped cream that has been frozen. Cut it out into festive shapes and you have the perfect accompaniment to your thick Hot Chocolate. It slowly melts to create a fluffy, creamy layer on top.

Place my Peppermint Candy Spoons on the side of your mug and use it as a stirrer and you get a lovely hint of mint as it melts, which is a perfect combination with the chocolate.

Get more Holiday Cookies and baking tips and tricks at my Holiday Baking Headquarters page.

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Best Ever Hot Chocolate

4.46 from 24 votes
Make my rich and decadent Best Ever Hot Chocolate recipe and warm the hearts of your family and friends during the holiday season.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 5 mugs
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Make my rich and decadent Best Ever Hot Chocolate recipe and warm the hearts of your family and friends during the holiday season.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 5 mugs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup (8 oz/240g) bittersweet chocolate (72% cocoa solids)
  • 3 1/2 cups (28floz/840ml) milk
  • 1 cup (8floz/240ml) pouring cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract , optional

Instructions

  • In a heavy bottomed saucepan bring the cream, milk and chocolate to a simmer. As it starts to bubble whisk it and watch it thicken.
  • pull it off the heat. If you would like to add in vanilla extract you can do that now.
  • Taste. If you would like t a little sweeter add in some white sugar, or your choice of alternative.
  • Serve hot with frozen whipped cream or marshmallows.

Recipe Notes

Add more milk to your hot chocolate if you want it a little thinner

 

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Catherine Moreni
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Catherine Moreni
1 month ago

Where do you purchase the airtight containers for your dry hot chocolate mix?

OrahNahum
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OrahNahum
4 months ago

Hey!
I am a huge fan of yours.
I was thinking if you could make some healthier recipes because my mom is kinda worried about my calories????
I am starting a more nutricious diet but I don’t have any idea for desserts.
Could you please make such nutricious as delicious recipes that I could make?
Thanks a lot.
Love and hugs,
Orah

Ayesha
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Ayesha
10 months ago

Hey Gemma ! I got so much confidence from your baking and you are doing a great job lady.. love u

Deth Delgado
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Deth Delgado
11 months ago

Hi Gemma, so happy that i sign up in your site. I just made your BEST EVER HOTCHOCOLATE and it was so really Taste good and my daughter love it. At first i dont really know how to bake or cook until I searche in your site and now Im starting to bake and love it. Thanks so much to you specially your easy recipes but so delicious. ????????????????????. Keep up the good work guys! Advance happy new to you, to your family and to your team!

Shaiza_khalid27
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Shaiza_khalid27
11 months ago

Hi Gemma! I was wondering if hot chocolate can be stored once it’s made. Also, can whipped cream (in liquid form) be used instead of pouring cream? Happy holidays!
Shaiza

Dikla.S.B.A
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Dikla.S.B.A
11 months ago

Hi Gemma greetings from Israel. loved u on “Nailed It”. It was so funny.
I want to prepare an eggnog for a friend of mine, but I’m clueless about it.
I would love a recipe. Can u please prepare one. Thanks.

Sabrina Sklar
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Sabrina Sklar
11 months ago

Hello Gemma-
Where do you buy pouring cream? I live in CA.

Fran
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Fran
1 year ago

Hi Gemma, I live in the US is light cream the same as pouring cream? Ty

Aditi
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Aditi
1 year ago

Hi Gemma ! You are amazing with your recipes. I watch them regularly. It’s winter season in North India as well ! Does the hot chocolate recipe come out well with soy or almond milk as well? Never tried it and not found a cafe here either so I wouldn’t know! Please help 🙂

Love
Aditi

Audry
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Audry
1 year ago

Hi Gemma,
I love this recipe, and I would like to make it, but we don’t have a pouring cream. How can I replace it and how do you freeze the whipping cream? Before or after whisking?
Thanks a lot. 😀

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