Friday, December 20, 2013

The Real-Deal Hot Chocolate

I originally shared this recipe last winter, over at The Domestic Fringe but thought I would repost it here just in time for the holidays. This is a great recipe at Christmas, and throughout the long cold winter.
I am no stranger to the convenience of Swiss Miss, but for a special treat nothing beats the Real-Deal Hot Chocolate. This recipe makes enough syrup for a party sized batch of of hot chocolate. It would be perfect for a sledding party- just keep it warm in a crock pot. The syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to 10 days, which I love. The kids can easily mix themselves up a mug when they come in from playing in the snow. This recipe is adapted from Jan Karon's "Mitford Cookbook."

To make the syrup, you'll need:
1 {11.5 oz.} bag of Nestle semisweet chocolate chunks
1-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 {15 oz.} can of sweetened condensed milk
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Combine all ingredients {chocolate chunks, cocoa, condensed milk, boiling water, and sugar} and melt in a medium saucepan over low heat. 

  Stir till well combined.

 When everything is melted, remove from the heat and let the syrup cool.
Do not, in your greed, lick the still-hot spoon. You will burn your tongue... not that I would know anything about that.

 To make the hot cocoa, pour 2-4 tablespoons of the chocolate syrup into a mug. Pour piping-hot milk over the syrup and stir to combine. You can add more syrup according to your taste. Top the cocoa with marshmallows, whip cream, chocolate shavings... whatever your {sweet}heart desires!
Store the leftover syrup in an airtight container in the fridge. Or, put it in a pretty jar and share with a friend; it makes a great gift.
Hope you enjoy this sweet recipe!
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5 comments:

  1. And it looks just as amazing this year! Sharing it.
    ~FringeGirl

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  2. Yum and thanks for sharing this recipe. Merry Christmas Enjoy.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it! Best wishes for a blessed new year!

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  3. The hot chocolate is wonderful! I couldn't wait to get home today to have another cup.

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    1. I am so happy to hear you like it! It's one of my favorite cold-weather treats. Happy New Year!

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