5 Easy Gourmet Hot Chocolate Recipes

by love4randomness

With the holidays in full swing and the cold chilly weather outside, nothing beats a nice cup of hot chocolate. Here is a list of my 5 personal favorite recipes for hot chocolate.

The coffeehouse price for a small cup of gourmet hot chocolate is almost $4!

Now you can make your own gourmet hot chocolate at home with easy to find ingredients for a fraction of the cost.  Here are my 5 easy recipes. Enjoy!

 

Traditional Gourmet Hot Chocolate

This sweet, chocolatey drink will warm you right up after a day of sledding (or shopping!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of milk 12 oz (Whole, 2%, skim, soy, or almond, your choice)

2 Tbsp of Half & Half (Regular, lite or fat free is fine, makes the drink taste richer and creamier)

3 Tbsp Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate

Whipped Cream

Cocoa powder for dusting, optional

 

Directions:

1. Add milk and Half & Half to microwave safe cup.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until steaming.

3. Stir in Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate until well mixed and melted.

4. This step is optional, but if you have an Aerolatte you can add some delightful foam to your hot chocolate!

5. Add whipped cream and lightly dust with cocoa powder or more ground chocolate.

6. Enjoy!

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Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Here is my (easy) take on a Starbucks favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of milk 12 oz (Whole, 2%, skim, soy, or almond, your choice)

2 Tbsp of Half & Half (Regular, lite or fat free is fine, makes the drink taste richer and creamier)

3 Tbsp Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate

2 Tbsp of caramel sundae topping (Example: Smuckers, or La Lechera caramel)

Whipped Cream (Redi Whip is what I use!)

A small pinch of sea salt for sprinkling on top

Caramel for drizzling, optional

 

Directions:

1. Add milk and Half & Half to microwave safe cup.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until steaming.

3. Stir in Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate until well mixed and melted. Add caramel and stir until combined.

4. This step is optional, but if you have an Aerolatte you can add some delightful foam to your hot chocolate!

5. Add whipped cream and a sprinkle of sea salt. Drizzle with extra caramel.

6. Enjoy!

My favorite chocolate to use for hot chocolate is Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate.

It has a mixture of good quality cocoa powder and real Ghirardelli ground chocolate. Mmmmm
Ghirardelli Chocolate Sweet Ground Chocolate & Cocoa Beverage Mix, 48-Ounce Canister

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Ghirardelli's premium baking chocolate products continue the chocolate tradition established by Ghirardelli's legendary chocolate confections.

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Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa Pouch, 10.5 Ounce

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Mexican hot chocolate

A different take on an old favorite. A yummy and slightly spicy hot chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of milk 12 oz (Whole, 2%, skim, soy, or almond, your choice)

2 Tbsp of Half & Half (Regular, lite or fat free is fine, makes the drink taste richer and creamier)

3 Tbsp Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate

1/4 tsp cinnamon ( If you can get Mexican cinnamon, that would be even better!)

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Whipped Cream

Cocoa powder for dusting and a cinnamon stick for garnish, optional

 

Directions:

1. Add milk and Half & Half to microwave safe cup.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until steaming.

3. Stir in Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate, cinnamon, and brown sugar until well mixed and melted.

4. This step is optional, but if you have an Aerolatte you can add some delightful foam to your hot chocolate!

5. Add whipped cream and lightly dust with cocoa powder or more ground chocolate and add cinnamon stick for garnish.

6. Enjoy!

What's your favorite hot drink during winter?

White Hot Chocolate

A decadent treat for a cold winter day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of milk 12 oz (Whole, 2%, skim, soy, or almond, your choice)

2 Tbsp of Half & Half (Regular, lite or fat free is fine, makes the drink taste richer and creamier)

3 Tbsp Ghirardelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate

Whipped Cream

White chocolate shavings for garnish, optional

 

Directions:

1. Add milk and Half & Half to microwave safe cup.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until steaming.

3. Stir in Ghirardelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate until well mixed and melted.

4. This step is optional, but if you have an Aerolatte you can add some delightful foam to your hot chocolate!

5. Add whipped cream and white chocolate shavings if desired.

6. Enjoy!

Yummy Ghirardelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate makes White Hot chocolate easy and delicious!

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Ghirardelli Sweet Ground White Chocolate Flavored Beverage Mix, 10-Pound Package

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Perfect for the holiday season or if you love peppermint as much as I do, all year round!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup of milk 12 oz (Whole, 2%, skim, soy, or almond, your choice)

2 Tbsp of Half & Half (Regular, lite or fat free is fine, makes the drink taste richer and creamier)

3 Tbsp Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate

Half a candy cane, crushed finely (You can also use 2 round peppermint candies, crushed finely)

Whipped Cream

Candy cane for stirring and garnish, optional

 

Directions:

1. Add milk and Half & Half to microwave safe cup.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds or until steaming.

3. Stir in Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and crushed candy cane or crushed peppermint candy until well mixed and melted.

4. This step is optional, but if you have an Aerolatte you can add some delightful foam to your hot chocolate!

5. Add whipped cream and garnish with candy cane.

6. Enjoy!

Make sure to try these recipes, you won't be disappointed and you'll save a lot of money!

Hope these recipes are useful to you and hope you love them a much as I do. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Updated: 12/12/2011, love4randomness
 
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love4randomness on 12/20/2011

That's one of my favorites too Alex. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Alex on 12/17/2011

My favorite hot chocolate recipe is the one for Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, gonna be trying that one today, thanks!

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