The Hot Chocolate To End All Hot Chocolates

At the end of this post you are going to either love me or hate me. If you’re willing to risk it then read on…

On November 5th it was Bonfire Night here in the UK. The band and I decided to go to a local park where they were having a giant bonfire and fireworks. Of course being November in England it was an extremely cold night and, as I may have mentioned before, I don’t do cold well.  I needed a reward for braving the cold.

So after the fireworks were finished we came home and  lit a fire and made the MOST AMAZING hot chocolate I have ever had.

I don’t think this is an exaggeration.

This hot chocolate it so super amazing you will find your days are spent thinking about it and your nights are spent dreaming about it. Even now I keep drifting off reminiscing about how great it was.

Now back to reality.

It’s very simple.

You need

1.5 L (about 2 pints) full cream milk (if you use skim milk you’re doing it wrong – this  hot chocolate needs to be consumed in all it’s fatty goodness)

  •   A packet of Marshmallows (200g)

  • and 200g of  fair trade chocolate – we used 100g dark (85% cocoa) and 100g milk chocolate.

 

 

This should serve four people (or if you’re particularly thirsty it could serve just one)

Before you start you should boil the kettle – this is so you can pre-warm your mugs.

  •  Now break the chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan with the milk – remember if you eat it before it goes in the saucepan it will make your hot chocolate less chocolately – I’ll leave it to your discretion though.

  •  Put the saucepan over low heat and stir continuosly with a wire whisk. Don’t let the milk boil.

  • When  the chocolate has melted  add half the marshmallows

 Mmm melted goodness.

This would be a good time to prewarm your cups.

 

  • Keep stirring until the marshmallows have melted.

  • Then, when they have disappeared into the hot chocolate milk, take the saucepan off the heat.
  • All you have to do now is pour the hot chocolate into the cups and serve.

 Wait a second… something is missing. This hot chocolate looks naked.

Naked hot chocolate is wrong. There is but one cure –

  • add the rest of the marshmallows.

 Now sit in front of the fireplace and drink it slowly. Feel it warm you from the inside out.

It is at this point you will decide whether you love me or hate me.

You may love me for opening up to you a whole new hot chocolate experience – the possibilities of this recipe are endless – different ratios of milk to dark chocolate, using white chocolate, adding chili or cinnamon or coffee or Bailey’s.

Some of you, however,  will  hate me.

Because as you drink this gorgeous concotion you realise you’ll never be able to go back to instant drinking chocolate again.

You have been warned.

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