Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Amazing Hot Chocolate

Want to know something strange about me? I Do. Not. Like. Hot. Beverages. Seriously. I'll almost always pass on hot tea and very much dislike coffee. The only exception is that when the weather turns cold I love hot chocolate. A tall hot chocolate from Starbucks is my favorite (I can never finish the larger sizes!). So much so that when I developed gestational diabetes when pregnant with Lucas and had to give up hot chocolate from the end of October through the end of December, my biggest request of something for Abel to bring me in the hospital was a Starbucks hot chocolate. Boy did I savor that drink!

The weather has certainly turned cold but these days I rarely get to a Starbucks. What to do? What to do? Try to recreate it at home!

Ghirardelli to the rescue!

I mean unsweetened dark cocoa is good for you, right? (Antioxidants and all that!). The recipe for some pretty delicious hot chocolate is right on the back of that can. I use approximate measurements but it's basically 1 C of milk, 1.5 TBS cocoa and 1.5 TBS sugar. You must take the time to slowly cook/warm it on the stove top while stirring constantly.

Really, I insist. (And go ahead and double that in advance--you'll certainly want more than 1 cup!)

Cooking it slowly on the stove allows the cocoa dissolve nicely and doesn't scald the milk. When it's up to your desired temperature pour it into your favorite mug and then, of course, add a generous helping of miniature marshmallows or whip cream.


Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!


  1. Have you tried the peppermint white hot chocolate from Starbuck's? Give it a try next time. It's delicious!!

  2. Have you tried the Sipping Chocolate from Trader Joe's that comes in the rectangular tin? It is dark, rich, and absolutely divine! It is so amazingly rich that I can only consume a small amount of it at a time! Look for it on the top shelf where the teas are the next time you stop at TJs!

  3. I also really don't like hot drinks. My two exceptions are hot chocolate (very occasionally) and black tea. I haven't had this hot chocolate, but it's hard to go wrong with Ghirardelli.


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