Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes That Warm Body And Soul

Hot chocolate! The warm, creamy drink that dances on the tongue, evoking memories of childhood winter adventures. Hot being the operative term, but the sweetness of the drink entices one to go beyond logic and burn their lips. A healthy dollop of whipped cream soothes the pain.

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The Aztecs introduced the chocolate flavored beverage. The tradition was to serve the drink cold and not sweet. In fact, it was mixed with chili pepper and wine. By the 1500s, the explorer Cortez introduced chocolate to Spain and the drink began to be served hot. The Spanish were protective over their beverage and hot chocolate did not make it to London until the 1700s. (Source: About Food)

Luckily for the United States, hot chocolate made it across the pond. Before ripping open that packet of premixed hot chocolate with the little marshmallows, give these homemade recipes a try.

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Aunt Sandy Webb's Amazeballs Hot ChocolateOkay, that is not the official name -- but it is my Aunt Sandy's mixture. Grab a big bowl and make sure you have some Tupperware to store the remainder as this makes enough for the whole winter. This creamy, sweet delight will melt away the Lake effect wind and restore the soul of the most weather-weary Chicagoan.

You'll need the following.

  • 2 lb box of Nestlé's Quik
  • 2 lb instant dry milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 lb Coffee Mate
Mix it all together. ¼ cup of mix for 1 cup of water.

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Hot Cocoa by Alton Brown

For the more sophisticated taste, try this recipe by Alton Brown, courtesy of the Food Network.

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Use ½ cup of powder to one cup of hot water, stir, and enjoy!

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Peruvian Hot Chocolate

Give your taste buds an international adventure with Peruvian Hot Chocolate! Courtesy of Tastebook.

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 oz. square of unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. oatmeal
  • sugar to taste
Bring the water to a boil with the cinnamon stick, cloves and chocolate cube. Once boiled, turn down flame and add evaporated milk and oatmeal. Stir for 5 minutes or until the oatmeal is cooked through. Watch closely to make sure it doesn't boil over! Add sugar to taste and more milk to increase servings as necessary.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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