How To Make Fancy-Ass Hot Chocolate

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I don’t think anyone would argue that hot chocolate is the coziest of cozy drinks. And since this is lil’ blog is called A Cozy Kitchen I think I’ve gone way too long without sharing a proper hot chocolate recipe. And not just any hot chocolate but the fanciest of hot chocolates.

Let’s talk about the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. Hot cocoa is exactly that – cocoa powder dissolved into milk or (God forbid) water. I have good memories of hot cocoa, actually. When I was a kid, I used to sit in my way-too-long PJ t-shirt and watch cartoons, sipping on Swiss Miss. I also loooved dipping whole wheat bread into my hot cocoa. (I was a weird child.)

But during the holidays, it was always hot chocolate. My mom would tell us stories about how in Peru, on Christmas Eve, right before midnight mass, a big pot of hot chocolate was made. They’d take big blocks of chocolate, melt it and then mix it into warm milk until it dissolved. Real, thick hot chocolate is a game changer.

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If it’s cold where you live and you’re feeling some fancy-ass hot chocolate, here’s what you need to do. There’s like two or three steps–this ain’t rocket science.

Step 1: Get your hands on some good chocolate. I had some Scharffenberger chocolate in my pantry. Other brands I love: Tcho, Green & Black or Ghiradelli. I chose a bittersweet (70%) to use in this hot chocolate. I think it adds a nice depth and lends a lot of richness to this hot chocolate, but feel free to go sweeter if you like.

Step 2: Don’t be shy to add some other stuff like a cinnamon stick, 1/4 of a vanilla bean, some Ancho chile powder and salt. I looove steeping the milk with a cinnamon stick and vanilla bean–it smells like heaven.

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Step 3: Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and then add it to the warm milk. I tried it with just adding the chocolate straight to the milk and I swear the viscosity and mouth feel is better if you melt the chocolate first. If you’re feeling particularly lazy and don’t want to dirty an extra bowl, you’re more than welcome to just add the chopped chocolate to the warm milk–it’ll still be delicious.

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Step 4: And lastly, put it in a cute mug. Everything always taste better if the vessel you’re using is cute and pretty. I found these in a vintage shop in Palm Springs. I basically want my whole kitchen to be copper. I’m going through a copper phase.

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Fancy-Ass Hot Chocolate

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4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 vanilla bean, scraped (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
6 ounces dark chocolate (60%)
1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
Pinch of salt

1. To a medium saucepan, placed over low heat, pour in the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean caviar and bean. Heat until a very gentle simmer and take the saucepan off the heat and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and discard.

2. Create a double boiler, by setting a stainless steel or glass bowl over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and heat until the chocolate is melted.

3. Place the steeped milk over medium low heat, and pour in the melted chocolate; whisk until completely incorporated and mixture is hot. Add a pinch of salt and ancho chile powder. Divide between mugs and top with homemade marshmallows.

Makes 2 cups of hot chocolate

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit December 5, 2013 at 1:19 am

GAH! My coffee marshmallows, hot chocolate dream came true.

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Lene Svingel December 5, 2013 at 1:55 am

This recipe is so necessary for this time of the year. It is exactly what is needed to get through a long and dark winter here in the north – Denmark to be precise.
Since we are such a dairy country, we always top our hot chocolate with wipped cream, but your coffee marshmellovs might just be a lovely change.
Thanks for sharing :-)

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

Oh Denmark in the winter sounds soooo lovely. I know the days are short and somewhat dark but how cozy!

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Jason @ Plenty Of Zest December 5, 2013 at 3:04 am

Looks very posh Adrianna! After my own trial and error I agree it seems best to melt the chocolate separately, and gently. And to use at least 70% and a lot of it!

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Rachel December 5, 2013 at 3:27 am

I love Sharffenberger! And I love those cups!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 5, 2013 at 3:28 am

LOVE these fancy ass posts! This hot chocolate looks perfect!

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Becki's Whole Life December 5, 2013 at 3:57 am

I never really thought about the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate! This looks a-mazing and I love the addition of the chili powder, too.

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Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily December 5, 2013 at 4:53 am

Best title ever ;} A couple of weeks ago I made the kids hot cocoa with water since we were out of milk and my 7 year old said and I quote “What are you trying to pull?!! This isn’t real hot chocolate!” ;}

This certainly is however! l.o.v.e.

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 7:34 am

Hahahah your 7-year-old is adorable.

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Bev @ Bev Cooks December 5, 2013 at 4:55 am

This.is.so.pimp.

And I’m dying for those coffee marshmallows. omg.

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Tieghan December 5, 2013 at 5:58 am

Yes, Please!! I would give anything for these right now. It is 20 below (yes, I am not joking it really it!!) right now and I am freezing. This would be so good!

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 7:31 am

20 below?!?! Good gracious.

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Alex December 5, 2013 at 6:19 am

If you could just deliver that to me right now, that’d be swell.

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 5, 2013 at 7:07 am

A couple of things. 1) Obsessed with those coffee marshmallows 2) You own the world’s best mugs! 3) Chocolate > cocoa 4) Love your fancy-ass series.

That’s all.

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christin December 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

this is the ONLY way to make it. the fancy-ass way.

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Chelsea (mingleandrubbish.com) December 5, 2013 at 9:14 am

this looks divine!! i am going to make this (possibly spiked with caramel vodka??!!) for christmas with my family!!

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Esther December 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

Lovely an yummy! I hear you…I’m from Spain and for us hot chocolate MUST be super thick and rich, we cannot have it any other way… Lol so thick it can almost holdthe spoon sticking up ;) and if you have fresh home made churros around… Heaven on a plate! Thanks for sharing!

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misskimberlynn December 5, 2013 at 9:42 am

My friend is Colombian and he puts cubes of queso fresco in his homemade hot chocolate. It is an amazing marriage of savory and sweet. The cheese doesn’t melt it just kind of soaks of up the chocolate. This is a Colombian breakfast staple, served with fresh crusty bread for dunking.

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My dad is Colombian and I’ve never heard of this. It sounds crazy amazing. I need to bother him and ask him if he knows of this AND then try it. Thanks for sharing!

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dishing up the dirt December 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

I’ve always wanted to make fancy ass hot chocolate. Love those mugs!

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Lin December 5, 2013 at 10:15 am

Pure Decadence! Oh my and love those copper mugs!

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Kim of Mo'Betta December 5, 2013 at 10:47 am

I love your blog, and I love chocolate, and I love fancy ass stuff that I can actually make at home :-) Of course, it is supposed to be 77 here tomorrow….Mother Nature is so confused.

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Jordan Lynn: Life Between Lattes December 5, 2013 at 11:01 am

I never knew the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate, but I’m about to go pick up some chocolate so this can happen tonight. This looks amazing!

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Mary December 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Yumm – that is truly fancy!
Mary x

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Arlene December 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

Can I ask where you got those mugs. Love. Thanks

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Arlene December 5, 2013 at 11:07 am

Can I ask where you got those great mugs. Love them thanks

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

Yes! I got them from a thrift store in Palm Springs for $6! If you search on Ebay “copper ceramic mugs” you’ll find a bunch!

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Lydia December 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

I feel like such a wimp complaining, but San Francisco has been REALLY COLD lately.. Thanks for a great recipe!

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I was there last week and I thought it was legit cold!

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kamran siddiqi December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

Oh, love the touch of ancho chile powder in here! I’ll need to make this over the weekend! Mother Nature decided that she’d tease the NYC /NJ-area with 60 degree weather today and tomorrow.

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Adrianna Adarme December 8, 2013 at 11:54 am

Speaking of chocolate. Excited for your cookbook, sir! x

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Billy December 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

OHMYGOD I NEED THIS. When I was a kid my jam was either peanut butter toast or cinnamon toast, folded up and dunked in hot chocolate. We were doing it right.

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Adrianna Adarme December 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm

We knew how to liv.

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Iris December 5, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My husband is Peruvian and my mother in law makes the best hot chocolate around Christmas time. She uses star anise, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Yum!

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allie@sweetpotatobites December 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I love everything about this! Will definitely have to give it a try.

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Tess @ Tips on Life and Love December 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Wow, this makes hot cocoa sound (and look) like drinking saw dust. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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Kasey December 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I’m obsessed with those mugs!

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Jayne December 5, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Fancy ass indeed! Hot chocolate from scratch always tastes so much better than packet ones. This one looks so rich and thick and perfect.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 5, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Gorgeous, and those mugs are killer!

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RLT December 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

South Americans serve the best hot chocolate and at home they make it with a molinillo to get the best froth. Kids love this wooden device with a wooden ring on it. Thanks for reminding me to take the time to do this. It was -20 on my thermometer this morning too. And I grew up dunking buttered toast in hot chocolate too – heavenly.

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autumn December 8, 2013 at 2:37 am

of all the how-tos on the internet, I’m pretty sure this one is the most essential! So pretty.

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dervla December 8, 2013 at 11:11 am

OOOH YES! fancy ass all the way.

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Courtney December 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Just found your blog and I’m so glad I did, just in time for the holidays and I’ll definitely be making this before Christmas!
xx
Courtney

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Renee @ Awesome on $20 December 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm

When I was a kid, my mom used to make my brother and me buttered toast to dip into our Swiss Miss. I still eat that sometimes. I thought I might be the only person in the world to do such a thing.

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Candice December 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I don’t think you’re weird about the bread thing! Reading about it brought back memories of my siblings and I. We used to drink hot chocolate and dip our toast in it!

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Sarah VanWychen December 12, 2013 at 1:35 pm

That sounds so fantastic! Where could I get some of that kind of chocolate that you mentionec?I have never heard of those kind s of chocolate? I live in a very ordinary area kwhere we don’t have specialtey store.

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Vanessa December 13, 2013 at 1:33 am

Ooh this looks divine and super fancy :)

http://cafecraftea.blogspot.com

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Francesca December 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

I love adding a lil chili to my fancy-ass hot coco :D

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JoAnn January 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

This would be perfect for the below freezing temps today, but I have no milk nor chocolate and am snowed in. But next time I’m at the store this is on my recipe list and will be getting the milk and chocolate! Thanks for a great recipe! And awesome mugs.

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Adrianna Adarme January 6, 2014 at 8:56 am

Honestly, being snowed in sounds amazing. Have fun and stay safe.

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