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!


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

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

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

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

    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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