While I love hot chocolate year round, when the temperatures get around freezing a few days in a row, it becomes a daily treat. I love my hot chocolate nice and frothy, but I can’t really justify a trip to the coffee shop everyday. The being said, I figured out how to make whipped hot chocolate with an immersion blender.
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How to Make Hot Chocolate with an Immersion Blender
As long as you have some chocolate and some milk, you can make hot chocolate.
Do you call it hot chocolate or hot cocoa?
I use the terms interchangeably, because semantics. BUT, technically hot chocolate is made with whole chocolate. Hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder.
Hot chocolate should be whipped, and I’m not talking about whipped cream. Hot chocolate that just sits there in the cup is boring. I’m talking about the instant hot chocolate you usually microwave in a mug. Using an immersion blender to make your hot chocolate whips air into it, giving it that lighter consistency like you get at the coffee shop.
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How to make hot chocolate
Makes about 4 8oz servings
3 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the milk., half and half and vanilla and heat it until steaming. It’s important to not let it simmer or boil or you could scald the milk.
Add the chocolate chips and stir carefully until melted. If you like a sweeter hot chocolate, you can add a little bit of powdered sugar.
Remove the saucepan from the heat.
Use an immersion blender to carefully whip the hot chocolate until frothy.
Pour into mugs, and garnish as desired and then serve right away.
Tip: Preheat your mugs by pouring some hot water in them, let it sit for a few minutes and then dump it out.
Tip: Top with whipped cream and marshmallows, sprinkle with cinnamon, cocoa powder, or chocolate shavings.
Tip: Semisweet chocolate is a good choice for hot chocolate. Milk chocolate is too mild