A good cup of hot chocolate is so comforting, and I can easily spot a rich delicious tasting cup of hot chocolate. This recipe happens to be in my top favorites of all time. Better than any coffee shop. My favorite hot chocolate memory was a cup that I had over 20 years ago in a café in Belgium. This one though, definitely hits the spot and takes a strong second place.
Instant hot cocoa mix is one of those things which is now so readily available to be purchased, and some of them are quite expensive, it is shocking to see how many will doll out a lot of money to buy a good hot cocoa mix. It makes me sad to think that many revert to store bought versions (sometimes with gums, stabilizers, preservatives, etc.) instead of a simple and good recipe.
So my husband and I, through testing, came up with this recipe. Sure, you can use any unsweetened cocoa powder, but for those with discerning tastes, you may not get the same depth of chocolate flavor unless you use a brand from Holland called “Droste”, pictured above. Droste is among the best tasting quality cocoa powder, and it is worth finding. It can be purchased at Cost Plus World Markets, Bristol Farms markets in So California, in bulk through WalMart…it may take some searching on the internet or at a specialty store but it will be worth it. We paid between $6.99 a box at Cost Plus World Market, to $10.99 a box at Bristol Farms. Regardless, the 8.8 oz. box makes 25 servings of hot chocolate so when you break it down, it is much less expensive than the mixes out there, but it tastes like a million bucks, super rich and chocolaty.
- 2 tsp. unsweetened Droste Cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1/2 to 1 Tbls Cold Water (just enough to make a paste)
- 6-8 oz cold or warm milk (we use whole fat milk)
- Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping, or even a drop of vanilla extract stirred in at the end (optional but recommended)
Mix together the cocoa powder and sugar. Add 1/2 to 1 Tbls. cold water and stir until ingredients come together to make a paste. Add Cold or hot milk, stir and enjoy!