Welcome to another edition of Saturday Scribbles where I share whatever is on my mind.
With the cold temperatures here to stay for a little while, I find myself trying to figure out ways to stay warm. Sure there's the most common of turning on the heater, which it is on. But there's also the piles of blankets. And my personal favorite for cold days, a cup of hot tea or a mug of hot chocolate.
I'm not too picky when it comes to tea, though I typically avoid most berry, peach, or lemon. I prefer the herbal teas. Mint, Peppermint, & Ginger are among my favorites.
But what I really love is a good mug of hot chocolate. Over the years, I've tried several different varieties. Like Nestle, Swiss Miss, Kroger brand, Hershey, Godiva, Ghiradelli's, etc. Even different flavors - mint chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, etc. But my all time favorite is the one my best friend and I made when I was reviewing The Farmer's Daughter's Cookbook. This particular homemade hot chocolate recipe is rich, creamy, and perfect as you can see from the picture below.
One of the best birthday gifts I've ever received was from my best friend last year. She figured out the individual serving size of the hot chocolate recipe. She put it into an airtight container with the instructions on the lid to add the liquid ingredients (water, milk, butter) and to microwave. I absolutely love it! The other evening, when it was really cold, I mixed up a mug of the hot chocolate, and savored it. Because a little goes a long way.
Anyway, here is the recipe for this super creamy, wonderfully delicious hot chocolate.
(Sorry it's not the individual sized serving!)
Creamy Hot Chocolate
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 5 1/2 cups milk (whole milk works best)
- 1 Tablespoon salted butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Mix cocoa sugar, and water in a medium saucepan over high heat.
- Heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved.
- Reduce to low heat and add milk and butter.
- Heat just until hot, stirring frequently.
- Add salt.
- Serve. Makes 6 cups
So tell me what are some of your favorite hot chocolate recipes?