hot chocolate with marshmallows

Simple Hot Chocolate Recipe

Indulge in the ultimate comfort drink with our Classic Hot Chocolate recipe. It’s creamy, rich, and guaranteed to warm your soul on those chilly days. Customize it with your favorite toppings for an extra touch of decadence.

Hot Chocolate Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of milk (whole milk for creaminess)
  • 2 tablespoons of Balmforth and Co. Hot Chocolate powder
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream (optional for extra richness)
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings for topping (optional)


1. Mix the Cocoa and Sugar:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and a pinch of salt. This will ensure that the cocoa is evenly distributed in your hot chocolate.

2. Create a Cocoa Paste:

  • In a saucepan, heat the water over medium heat until it’s hot but not boiling. Gradually whisk in the cocoa and sugar mixture to create a smooth cocoa paste. Allow it to thicken slightly.

3. Add Milk and Cream:

  • Pour in the milk (and heavy cream if using) while continuing to whisk. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer while stirring occasionally. This will infuse the milk with rich cocoa flavor.

4. Flavor with Vanilla:

  • Once the hot chocolate is steaming but not boiling, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. This adds a delightful aroma and a touch of sweetness.

5. Serve Hot:

  • Pour the velvety hot chocolate into your favorite mugs. The aroma alone will put a smile on your face.

6. Topping Time:

  • Now comes the fun part! Top your hot chocolate with a dollop of whipped cream for that cloud-like indulgence. Add marshmallows for extra sweetness and texture or sprinkle chocolate shavings for a touch of elegance.

7. Sip and Savor:

  • Curl up in your favorite chair, take a sip, and let the warmth and flavor of this Classic Hot Chocolate envelop you in pure comfort.

This recipe is a delightful treat for kids and adults alike. It’s perfect for snowy days, movie nights, or any time you need a little extra comfort. Customize it to your heart’s desire with your favorite toppings and make it your own! ☕🍫✨

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