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Spiced Homemade Hot Chocolate

Want to show off the next time you have friends over, really impress your kids, or simply treat yo’self to a cup full of luxury? Let me introduce you to Spiced Homemade Hot Chocolate, S’more Style (See our video at the end of the post!).

There is no need for store-bought packets of hot chocolate. This is the real deal my friends. It takes just minutes to make and there is no comparison to store-bought.

This drink is intensely chocolaty and, with a kick of fall spice, it screams, “It’s the holidays!!!!!!”

Okay, let’s get down to business so that you can jump in the car for the graham crackers and marshmallows.

Just one tip before you get started on your Homemade Hot Chocolate.

Don’t leave the stove. You do not want to multi-task when warming milk on the stove. Stick by it, stirring and enjoying the smell of it all, until it is warm to your liking.

How to Make Spiced Homemade Hot Chocolate

This recipe makes six cups of hot chocolate. If you have more than you can use in one sitting, simply put it in a mason jar after it cools and refrigerate. It will be good for a few days in there, but I’m sure you will reheat it before the milk has time to turn.

In a pot add: one cup brown sugar, one cup cocoa, one Tablespoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and one cup of whole milk. (Use milk with less fat if you want, but I say, it’s hot Chocolate man, use the whole milk and get the full flavor of this fantastic drink.)

Now you are going to whisk out all of the lumps.

Using low to medium-low heat, start warming your chocolate goo and add in five more cups of whole milk.

Gently stir until it is nice and warm. You do not want to use a hot burner because you will scald the milk and get a filmy layer on top. You don’t want your milk to simmer, just steam. Be patient. Just keep stirring and waiting until it is perfect.

Now for the s’mores portion I promised you.

What a pretty presentation this makes. I feel like the idea of s’mores is misleading because I find s’mores ridiculously sweet. However, the salty butter, the graham crackers, and the toasted Marshmallows balance this hot chocolate perfectly. You can absolutely enjoy the spiced hot chocolate without the extra work of this s’more portion, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort as a special treat.

Melt a Tablespoon of salted butter (the salt in the butter is so tasty on the rim!) and pour onto a plate. Crush a few graham crackers, or use some cute free labor to do so.

Dip the rims in the melted salted butter, then in the crackers.

Carefully fill the rimmed mugs with the Spiced Homemade Hot Chocolate and then top with marshmallows. This is the fun part. If you have a kitchen torch you can light them up. Try not to catch them on fire. It takes less than a second of torching to give them a beautiful look and a wonderful little crunch. If you are toasting marshmallows outside or over the stove use the large, not jumbo or mini varieties. You can also use untoasted marshmallows.

That’s all there is to it! Easy peasy and oh so good. What can I say, except, you’re welcome.

Have a hot chocolate party and spread the chocolaty love!




Print Recipe
Spiced Homemade Hot Chocolate
Amazingly simple and equally delicious spiced hot chocolate with a smore topping.
Course Dessert, Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6-10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Dessert, Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6-10 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place sugar, cocoa, spices, and one cup milk in a pot and whisk out lumps. Turn heat on low and add remaining milk. Rim mugs s with melted butter and dip in crushed graham crackers. Fill mugs with hot chocolate and top with toasted marshmallows.

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