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Homemade Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Chips

How to make rich and creamy homemade hot chocolate with chocolate chips. Best with marshmallows or whipped cream; easy 3-ingredient recipe for Christmas!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 358kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Equipment

  • Hallmark One Oversized Snoopy Peanuts Mug, Extra Large
  • Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips - 12 oz - 3 pk
  • Toasted Vanilla 3 Pack By SmashMallow Non-GMO | Organic Cane Sugar | 100 Calories | Pack Of 3 (4.5 Oz)
  • Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saucepan with Cover
  • PowerLix Milk Frother Handheld Battery Operated Electric Foam Maker For Coffee, Latte, Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate
  • YETI Rambler 14 oz Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug with Lid, Seafoam

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add the milk to a small saucepan over low to medium heat.
  • When the milk has slightly warmed for about 2 to 3 minutes, add in the chocolate chips, whisking until melted.
  • Add a pinch of salt, and stir that into the mixture.
  • Warm the mixture, stirring constantly, until small bubbles start to form around the edge of the liquid on the sides of the pan; but don't let it boil, or it will very likely curdle.
  • Now you're ready to pour your homemade hot chocolate into your favorite mug, and top it off with mini marshmallows, whipped topping, or peppermint whipped cream.

Notes

*I recommend Ghirardelli chocolate chips. You want a good brand of chocolate. I also prefer semi-sweet; but you can use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips if you prefer.
*You can use regular table salt too.
CAN I REPLACE CHOCOLATE CHIPS WITH CHOCOLATE BAR?
Yes, you can use your favorite chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips. Just be sure to use the same amount of chocolate.
WHAT CAN I ADD TO THIS HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS?
  • Add a splash of vanilla extract or almond extract; I'm talking maybe 1/4 teaspoon of each. Both really enhance the flavors of the chocolate chips.
  • Instead of chocolate chips, use white chocolate chips, peanut butter chips (or half peanut butter, half chocolate), mint chocolate chips, etc.
  • Add cinnamon or cayenne pepper.
  • If you're into boozy drinks, add a splash of your favorite spirits.
  • Add creamer to your finished mug. I love adding a little bit of raspberry creamer to make raspberry hot chocolate.
  • Add in a little bit of coffee.
  • Or how about a flavored syrup, like caramel or butterscotch syrup?
  • Give it a minty flavor and festive feel with a few drops of peppermint extract.
  • Add in a touch of caramel with caramel extract.
  • If you like to top off your hot cocoa with marshmallows or whipped cream, give it a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Sprinkle a few pieces of peppermint candy, or drop in a candy cane. I like to take peppermint candies and crush them up, then sprinkle them over the marshmallows.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER HOT CHOCOLATE
Keep leftover hot chocolate in a pitcher with a lid or sealed container in the refrigerator. It should be consumed within 2 to 3 days.
CAN HOT CHOCOLATE BE REHEATED?
Yes, you can reheat hot chocolate. Just be sure to heat it back up on the stove, and again, don't let it boil.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 173mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g
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