Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Midwest Dairy. As always, all opinions are my own.
It’s my favorite time of the year! Christmas sounds and sights, the cozy feeling, the food, and the hot chocolate on repeat.
Hot Chocolate always reminds me of being a kid and coming in from sledding. Hands and toes are freezing, you take all the layers off and your mom hands you a mug of rich hot chocolate covered in mini marshmallows. It was a moment where we all sat together and talked about the funny moments of sledding. It was a perfect time to reset and just enjoy the moment.
We always used the packets because they were easy and they were delicious, don’t get me wrong. But I have an incredibly easy and delicious homemade Hot Chocolate recipe that will take about the same time as the packets.
The ingredients are simple, a mix of nutritious dairy and real chocolate chips. Plus a pinch of salt, because salt is a perfect companion for chocolate. That’s it. Well, the toppings too. Those possibilities are endless.
I use a mix of Whole Milk and Half and Half. I find the mix of the two gives this drink a richness that pairs so well with the chocolate. If you only have a lower percentage milk, don’t worry, it will still taste incredible.
I love using dairy for this hot chocolate! It makes this nostalgic drink feel even more special. Dairy has so many benefits other than just tasting amazing! Find more information through Midwest Dairy.
Immunity boosting nutrients like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Zinc, and Protein. A perfect mix for those cold winter months.
Energy! This season is fun, but exhausting. Dairy is a natural source of protein to give you a pick me up on those never ending days.
Care for the Environment- Dairy Farmers are committed to reducing their carbon footprint every year. A glass of milk has a 19% smaller carbon footprint than it did in 2007. The goal is to reach greenhouse gas neutrality or better by 2050.
Any kind! Well, mostly. I love using a classic semi sweet chocolate, but a milk chocolate or a dark chocolate also taste incredible. Don’t forget the pinch of salt at the end.
Need some suggestions for ways to make this Homemade Hot Chocolate extra special?
Add some flavored syrups like: peppermint, toffee, vanilla, caramel, gingerbread. So many yummy options.
Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger
If you like your Hot chocolate extra rich, add a couple spoonfuls of Nutella
Marshmallows, of course
Whipped Cream or Cool Whip
Andes or Peppermint Bark
Check out this video and recipe below for an easy and delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate. A fun way to make simple moments a little special.
Rich, creamy homemade hot chocolate made with simple ingredients. Just a combination of dairy, chocolate and a little salt for this classic winter drink.
2 cups Whole Milk
2 cups Half and Half
1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Toppings of choice
In a small saucepan on low to medium heat, add the whole milk and half and half. (make sure to keep the milk from simmering or boiling)
Once milk is hot, add the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is melted and mixed with the milks.
Add the salt and stir again. Ladle into mugs and top with your favorite things. Enjoy!