How To Make Superior Hot Chocolate Without A Mix

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that you've been buying hot chocolate mixes unnecessarily, but the good news is that you're going to learn two different methods for making rich, drinkable chocolate for cosy cold days and you're going to do it with stuff you probably already have in your kitchen.

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Method 1: Use a dark chocolate bar

If you want an intense, almost aggressively chocolate beverage that demands to be sipped, not slurped, this recipe from Megan Giller is for you. For two servings of the stuff, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 250g of your favourite dark chocolate (look for 68 per cent to 75 per cent cocoa), roughly chopped

Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat, add the chocolate, cover and let it sit for about half a minute. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pot with a rubber spatula, then return the pot to the hot (but still off) burner and let it rest for a couple of minutes.

Stir everything with great vigour until there are no lumps and bumps and sever warm. Though it may be tempting to top your beverage with whipped cream and other non-essentials, this sipping chocolate is best enjoyed on its own.

Method #2: Make your own mix with cocoa powder

If you have children, it's unlikely they want to sip on the super-rich, slightly bitter beverage above, but sweeter teeth can also be satisfied without a store-bought mixture. I like this recipe from Queen Martha, which uses only three ingredients, and can be pre-batched, making it as convenient as and cheaper than, any packet.

To make over 90 servings of the stuff, you will need:

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of salt

Whisk everything together in a large bowl and transfer to an airtight container for storage. The next time you or your little ones have a hankering for something chocolatey and sweet, simply dissolve two tablespoons of your DIY mix in 220mL of just hot milk.


    Which cocoa powder you use makes a big difference, too. I love Blookers, a Dutch brand, but try a few until you find a good one. I pre-mix the cocoa and sweetener (Splenda, in my case, I'm diabetic) in an airtight container so I can spoon it into a mug, add a splash of hot water to dissolve it, then add milk and microwave.

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