Am I the only one who could go for a nice cup of hot chocolate? Good grief it’s cold outside! The “real feel” is 8 degrees! There’s at least a foot of snow on the ground. (Which is quite rare here. I’m so happy!!!!) I’m cold just looking outside. If today isn’t a hot chocolate day, there isn’t one. And this recipe is the finest I’ve ever had.
Puts that powdered mix to shame!
Let’s talk for a bit about why you should make your own hot chocolate, besides the aforementioned shaming of a powdered mix.
No, forget that! Let’s go there. The number one name-brand powdered mix where you whisk the powder into the water… here are their ingredients:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Whey, Cocoa (Processed With Alkali), Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, Calcium Carbonate, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Dipotassium Phosphate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Artificial Flavor
Need I say more?
Obviously, you’re interested in making homemade hot chocolate. After all, you’re here today, aren’t you? I don’t think it’s going to take much to convince you of how much better it really is!
But the ingredients in our recipe today? Real milk (I use raw milk from our Jersey cow), real maple syrup, real cocoa powder, real salt, and real vanilla. Yep, that’s it!
And in my not-so-humble-opinion is infinitely superior in flavor!
It’s not too much more trouble to mix up. You still have to whisk and heat up the hot chocolate. But with homemade you do have to measure out the maple syrup, salt, and vanilla. (Maybe the hot chocolate too, depending on whether we’re comparing it to a tear-open packet or one with a scoop.)
Do you know what else I love about this hot chocolate? It’s not just that it’s GMO-free, hydrogenated oil free, artificial flavor-free, preservative-free, etc… It’s that it actually is healthy enough that I’ve been known to use it to administer herbal medications to my sick children.
As a matter of fact, my children recently had caught a cold that left them with a dry and unproductive cough. I made them some of this delicious hot chocolate and whisked in some powdered slippery elm. While Marshmallow root could have been used too, I didn’t have any on hand. I used 4 Tablespoons of the slippery elm which is a mucilaginous herb meaning it would soothe their dry respiratory systems. Quite surprisingly, it added an almost mocha-like flavor to the hot chocolate. I actually would want to add it to my hot chocolate whether I needed it or not!
Homemade Hot Chocolate with Natural Sweetener
Homemade Hot Chocolate
- Whisk everything together in a saucepan and mix it well.
- Heat through stirring occasionally, but do not boil.
- Leftovers store well in the refrigerator.
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