Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

… is comforting and delicious, especially on a rainy, or not-so-rainy, but chilly day. To be honest, I love it without any connection with weather conditions or time of the day. It can be topped with whipped cream but I prefer the hot chocolate as is. Theoretically, there’s enough for four (offer it the demitasse cups in this case) but I think there are more like two servings despite the richness of the drink.

I tried different recipes, and for now this one which is from the “Chocolate Holidays” is my favorite.

Makes 4 servings


  • 2 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)


Place the chocolate in a small saucepan. Pour about a half of the boiling water over the chocolate and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Add the rest of the boiling water and the milk. Heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until it is hot but not boiling. For the best flavor and texture, avoid exceeding 180F. Serve immediately or set aside and reheat gently before serving.

Hot Chocolate

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32 Responses to “Hot Chocolate”

  1. Such a simple treat, but oh so lovely.

  2. Hello. Great-looking sweets and beautiful photos! I’m not a big fan of hot chocolate, but this photo makes me want to try it again!

  3. What a gorgeous cup of hot chocolate! Nice pictures too!



  4. Who doens’t love a hot chocolate? Me too, I like it despite the weather, but that is something special about having one when it’s cold and rainy outside! Lovely cookies as well!

  5. We just had our first weekend of true fall weather so it is officially hot cocoa season. My boys love it and they will surely like this recipe and me, too, for that matter! (Sometimes I like a cup half coffee and half hot cocoa.)

  6. Oh Vera! Hot Chocolate has been on my mind recently. The change in seasons has made me crave this, and seeing the gorgeous photo makes me crave it even more!

  7. That’s comfort in a cup! And I’ll have mine with those adorable cookies, thank you very much. ;)

  8. i want it to be cold outside so i can have a cup of this hot chocolate…

  9. Oh, there is nothing better thank homeade hot chocolate!

  10. Our weather just turned very cold, my puppies just want to snuggle, and the thought of hot chocolate is very enticing!

  11. Thanks for your comment on my TV segment. I am going to try to figure out how to get a link to it.

  12. I love hot chocolate! This year I am going to try and spice mine up. :)
    I was waiting to see an, “I’ve entered this photo for a contest”, comment! :)
    This is absolutely stunning!!

  13. I love a steaming cup of cocoa in the winter. So comforting!

  14. What a fantastic suggestion to the upcoming days…
    I LOVE hot chocolate!!

  15. Thank you, thank you very much, everybody! Your kind comments really keep me going. Thanks!

  16. I agree with Aran. I want cold weather so I can make myself a cup of this. And if you could send me those perfect checkerboard cookies by express air mail, I’ll be most grateful. ;)

    PS. I bought bits and pieces of servingware during my trip but your collection once again puts me to great shame.

  17. I have that book, and that hot chocolate recipe certainly sounded rather good to me too. What I really want though, are those cookies! They look so perfect, and have for awhile been on my list of things I want to try making at least once :)

  18. sadly, i tend to resort to packaged mixes for my hot chocolate, but this looks so irresistible and easy that i may never have to do that again. :)

  19. So simple yet so wonderful! I worked at a chocolate store that made its hot chocolate from scratch and I don’t think I could ever use mixes again!

  20. Hot chocolate and checkerboard cookies make for a delicious presentation, but also a very comfy picture, no blankie required.

  21. Simple and delicious. I am actually going to make hot chocolate with the girl I babysit and homemade marshmallows. I will definitely use this recipe for the hot chocolate.

  22. Hot chocolate is so nice!! I´m drinking one of them, but…what do you say about the cookies??


  23. I love hot chocolate too, especially with the spices; cardamom, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

  24. Christy, thank you! Sure, I could send these to you, no problem :) Can’t wait till you put your new servingware to use :)

    Y, thank you! Speaking of the list, I’m wondering if it’s one item shorter already (Portuguese tarts)? :)

    Grace, I don’t want to sound snobby here, but once you try the real thing there’s no coming back :)

    Anita, thanks! I totally agree with you!

    Marysol, thank you very much!

    Abby, thank you! I hope you and the girl will like it :)

    Ana, thanks! I’ve just said something about the cookies :) I’ve posted the recipe.

    Thip, I love mine with cinnamon and cayenne. But then my boys wouldn’t even try it… sadly :(

  25. I love your mugs. They look like ramekins with little handles! I also enjoy the frothiness of this hot chocolate. I just might have to make it myself.

  26. Nice. Nothing beats the chill like a properly made cup of hot chocolate like this.

  27. WANT!

  28. Hillary, thank you! The chocolate is good, I strongly recommend it :)

    Jude, thanks! You are so right!

    Joy, I’d be happy to share!

  29. I made the ‘ordinary’ version yesterday with just cocoa powder, sugar and milk. I’m sure yours was much better with the real chocolate.
    The pictures are very pretty!

  30. Linda, thank you!

  31. I used soy milk and semisweet chocolate and this is the best cup of hot cocoa I’ve ever had! A little cinnamon on top makes a nice finish.

  32. I can’t think it is that simple. I’m going to give it a shot. will report back

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