Fall is officially here, and for me, this season is all about the yummy beverages. There's pumpkin spice coffees, apple cider, cups of hot tea, and of course, hot chocolate! When there's a chill in the air, there's just nothing quite like a nice, warming cup of hot cocoa.
While I have a deep, lifelong love of Swiss Miss and other instant hot chocolate mixes, I will admit that it's not the best hot chocolate I've ever had. Real, homemade hot chocolate made the old-fashioned way definitely yields superior results, but like most of us, I've been okay with compromising a little bit for the convenience of getting my fix right away. Finally, however, I've found a recipe that gives me the best of both worlds!
The good folks at America's Test Kitchen must have felt the same way, because they took on this issue and found the most delicious solution ever. I seriously couldn't believe how much chocolatey goodness this packed. The key is to make yourself a "hot chocolate concentrate."
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips - 1 (One) 12-ounce bag
- Heavy cream - 1 cup
- Salt - 1/4 teaspoon
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Heat the bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each cycle, until smooth. be careful not to overheat the mixture.
- Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours, or until the mixture is cooled and hardened to an ice cream-like texture.
- Scoop the chocolate "concentrate" mix it into balls, wrapping each one individually in plastic wrap before storing in the fridge.
- To make a cup of hot chocolate, put one ball of frozen hot chocolate concentrate into a mug of milk. Heat and mix gradually until the entire drink is warm and consistently mixed.
The concentrate balls will keep in the fridge for five days, and in the freezer for two whole months. That's enough to get halfway through winter!
Combining the concentrate with milk to make a mug of cocoa only takes about two or three minutes to yield the smoothest, creamiest cup of hot chocolate you've ever had.