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Best Ever Hot Chocolate- incredibly rich and thick

Best-Ever Hot Chocolate

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Hi Bold Bakers!

You cannot go through the Holiday season without drinking your fair share of Hot Chocolate!

This Hot Chocolate is the best because you make a base of chocolate and then over the Holidays you can whip up fresh batches as guests arrives or your sweettooth kicks in.

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.

Using a dark chocolate will give this Hot Chocolate so much depth and richness. And as always use good quality chocolate with around 72% cocoa solids.

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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 pour some of my Signature Salted Caramel Sauce into the base and top with some whipped cream.

Or if you like the combination of chocolate and peppermint then place a candy cane on the side of your mug and use it as a stirrer.You get a lovely hint of mint as it melts.

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Best Ever Hot Chocolate
  • 1 Cup (8oz/225g) fresh cream
  • 8 oz Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • To make the Hot Chocolate mix
  • ½ Cup (4oz/115g) Chocolate base
  • ¼ Cup (2oz/ 60g) Milk*
  1. To make the hot chocolate base
  2. In a heavy bottomed pot bring the cream to the boil. As it starts to boil pull it off the heat
  3. Whisk in the chopped choclate
  4. Strain the mix through a fine sieve to get a fine chocolate base
  5. Chill you chocolate base in the fridge for up to 10 days
  6. To make your hot chocolate drink
  7. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat combine ¼ cup hot chocolate base with a ¼ cup milk. Heat until hot, do not allow to boil
  8. Pour and serve with marshmallows, whipped cream if you are feeling a little extra indulgent Enjoy!
Add more milk to your hot chocolate if you want it a little thinner



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  1. Lisa Young on September 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Gemma, I was wondering if there was a dairy free version of this hot chocolate recipe. My daughter and I are both lactose intolerant, but love hot chocolate. I was wondering what to substitute for the cream.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 29, 2017 at 3:09 am

      Hi Lisa,
      I am told by other Bold Bakers that they can buy Lactose free dairy milk, and in the US certainly the larger supermarkets do this.
      cream on the other hand I am not so sure about. Coconut milk forms a cream, it does this in the can, organic ones are great, and I use this in my dairy free ice creams.
      I think there are lactose free evaporated milks available too, but it really is about where you live, and what you can find locally. Check out your local stores online, it is often easier to find in their product list, than on the floor of the store!
      I hope this is of help to you,
      Gemma 🙂

  2. Saadia Khan on September 11, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Gemma does the chocolate base need to be in a liquid state?Because in the fridge it will harden up.

    • Gemma Stafford on September 11, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      no it’s supposed to harden. It is exactly right. Now you scoop it and heat it in a pot with milk and cream.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Huda Khan on January 2, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Your recipes honestly make me immensely happy and I’m sure that’s due to your positive attitude and kindness. You can literally feel it through the screen. Thank you so much for your efforts . They are greatly appreciated by many ?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Huda. I really appreciate it. Stay tuned for more this year! 🙂

  4. Kim on December 26, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I just stumbled upon your YouTube channel today, and I’ve been binge watching for hours! Love your channel, website, everything! Cheers to a bigger and bolder 2016! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on December 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Kim. Really glad you found my website. Happy New Year to you 🙂

  5. Kari on December 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Thank you Gemma for sharing your wonderful recipes. They are not only tasty but easy to make. HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you and your family!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 24, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Happy Holidays to you also. Delighted you like my recipes.

  6. FrenchMacarons on December 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Can’t wait to make this! You are so awesome!Could you make different variations of this on a video,like white chocolate or even peppermint?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      I will add it to my list. Stay tuned 🙂

  7. elizabeth urmson on December 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    can you please make Wegmans Ultimate Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting please I have tried it and it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO delicious I NEED THE RECIPE can you please do it in the next video you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ( question do you have any kids)

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      I will add it to my list, thank you so much for visiting my website 🙂

  8. elizabeth urmson on December 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    can you please get a link for this video on you tube PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, there is no video for this recipe. It is just a written recipe. I wanted to share it for the Holidays and don’t have time to make videos for all of my recipes 🙂

  9. Safa Fatima on December 14, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Aren’t ya goin to post any vids person?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      There isn’t a video for this recipe, it is just a written recipe 🙂

  10. Sydney on December 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

    That looks amazing! I’m definitely trying that recipe ??

    • Gemma Stafford on December 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Sydney. Let me know how yours turns out 🙂

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