Classic Indulgent Dark Hot Chocolate

I always have a romantic notion of winter, at least at the start of the season - warm fires, snow, ice encrusted trees sparkling in low light. 

But the reality is never as good. It generally involves 20 layers of clothing to stay warm (until you get into the London underground and are then too hot), rain, broken/lost umbrella (seriously, where on EARTH is my umbrella when I need it), windswept hair for work, and I will always end up with wet socks at some point.

Not at all glamorous or romantic.

And then there are the dark mornings...followed by night (which starts at 4pm). It pretty much feels like there is nothing to look forward to.

But then sometimes, I remember the good stuff, like cosy jumpers and socks, the sparkly lights at Christmas, the hope of snow (which is literally always dashed), cold but sunny mornings, and being in your cosy flat drinking delicious hot chocolate while it rains outside - the golden winter moments.

I was feeling a wee bit miserable with winter recently, so I decided to give into my comfort food temptations and boil up some homemade delicious hot chocolate! This recipe is so satisfying to make, and it really gives you the cosy winter feels.

It's been a hit with everyone I've shared it with - I mean gooey melted marshmallows on top of dark hot chocolate, what's not to love? So here is the recipe, it's incredibly easy to make and tasty.

Note: fluffy socks are a must!

Classic Indulgent Dark Hot Chocolate Recipe

🍴   Serves: 2
⏰ Prep Time: 1 minutes
🍳 Cook Time: 10 minutes
⏳  Total Time: 11 minutes

🌱 Dietary Information: vegetarian


500ml semi-skimmed milk
40g good quality dark chocolate (I have used chocolate with 85% cocoa solids)
3tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2tbsp brown sugar
1/2tsp vanilla extract
Marshmallows (I've used 6-8 per cup)


1. Pour your milk into a small non-stick pan on high heat. When your milk begins to simmer, add your chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar.

2. Bring your milk to the boil, occasionally stirring to avoid the chocolate from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

3. Once boiled, add the vanilla extract and stir through before taking the hot chocolate of the heat.

4. Pour your hot chocolate into cups and top with marshmallows. Make sure your hot chocolate is bubbling when you do this so it melts the marshmallows!

Then sit back and enjoy with socks.


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