The next few weeks will bring Santa Claus parades, tree-lighting celebrations, and plenty of cold, blustery nights. One of our favourite ways to warm up on these cold occasions is with a warm mug of hot chocolate.
On parade day (it’s actually parade night in our town), my girls know that I’ll have a hot chocolate bar set up and ready to go when we all return home, shivering from the cold. It takes little time to set up, yet it adds so much to the fun and festivity.
Marshmallows, candy canes, chocolate chips, caramels, whipped cream, sprinkles, chocolate covered spoons…the topping options are endless. Get creative with your toppings! While I put out marshmallows, I also added a few dipped in chocolate, and then dipped a few of those in holiday sprinkles. Easy and delicious!
Without question, there are many instant hot chocolate mixes on store shelves these days, but the best hot chocolate is the kind you make from scratch. It’s even better when it can be made in advance and left in a crockpot so it’s ready and waiting when you come in from the cold. This recipe is perfect for just that.
So the next time someone in your house says “Can I have a hot chocolate, please?” consider throwing together a hot chocolate bar and making an occasion of it.
HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE
(makes about 10 cups)¾ cup sugar 1 cup cocoa 1 cup chopped chocolate 1 cup hot water 8 cups milk 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon
In a medium saucepan over med/low heat, add sugar, cocoa, chocolate, and hot water.
Whisk well until the chocolate has melted. Add the milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine and heat through.
Pour the cocoa into your crockpot and leave on low or the Keep Warm setting if you have one. Enjoy when you’re ready, garnished with your favourite toppings.*you can easily half this recipe for a smaller group