The BEST Hot Chocolate

This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug. Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Happy Spring! Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we can get to the chocolate. Because this is “I-don’t-care-if-it’s-400°-outside” hot chocolate.

This is not your average, run-of-the-mill hot chocolate. This isn’t even amazingly chocolaty hot chocolate. No, no.

This is THE BEST hot chocolate.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

I personally serve it with homemade marshmallows. Because marshmallows are not optional.
Not that I imagined you thought they were..

 

I take my chocolate very seriously, which is how I know that this hot chocolate is THE BEST.

Let me give you a quick run-down on my love affair with chocolate…

  1. I have been head-over-heals obsessed with chocolate since Age 1. Under that fluffy white icing is a chocolate cake. You can see the love in my eyes. [Please also note that I did not face-plant into the cake like a typical 1 year old. #classyfromday1 ] FullSizeRender
  2. My second birthday and every birthday thereafter I had a chocolate cake with chocolate icing. It was 4 tiers and the top tier was mine. All mine. [Thanks, Mom – you’re the bomb!]
  3. For 20-ish years, if there was a molten chocolate cake or flourless chocolate cake on the menu, you could bet your life that Lindsey (that’s me) was going to order that. The first time I ordered something different it sent shock waves through the Farr Family dinner table (this was the year I discovered bread pudding).
  4. As I mentioned in this post, I always ordered chocolate ice cream…unless I ordered a scoop of chocolate AND something else, because ordering non-chocolate ice cream leads to regrets. And you know how I feel about those around here…
  5. There is always chocolate in my purse. If you ask, I’ll probably deny it because I don’t want to share. (I’m just being honest.)
  6. I also always have a chocolate stash at home. If I don’t have chocolate chips on hand, it’s because I just ate them all.
  7. In my High School yearbook all Seniors were asked to complete the sentence “Happiness is…” My answer was one word: chocolate.
  8. I also studied chocolate in culinary school, but that is neither here nor there. I think #7 pretty much sums it all up anyways.

Basically I want my chocolate desserts to be rich and taste like {gasp} CHOCOLATE!

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

 

This hot chocolate isn’t just chocolate warmed up with some milk. No. This is somehow more chocolaty and rich than liquid chocolate. Oui, c’est possible.

Mind. Blown.
To achieve the perfect dark chocolate flavor you much use unsweetened cocoa powder and melted semi-sweet chocolate. You also must use milk (the real stuff that comes from cows. ‘Member that stuff?), because we all know that milk and chocolate are best friends and magic happens when they are combined.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

But the real secret, the one thing that makes this hot chocolate better than all the other ones out there, is…the egg yolk.

That’s right. I meant what I said about rich and creamy.
For all of you smarty-pants…it’s basically a hot chocolate anglaise in a mug. You’re welcome.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

If you want to up your hot chocolate game and take this hot chocolate from “the best” to “the best ever”, add homemade marshmallows. Those little pillows of sweetness melt into the rich, creamy hot chocolate and…well, swoon.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

Do you see? Do you see what happens? It just. I mean. Gah. Tell me with a straight face that you don’t want to dive in there. Go on.

That’s what I thought.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor. I will post the marshmallow recipe soon, and once I do, you’ll see that they are so easy, you won’t have an excuse not to make them.

The BEST Hot Chocolate: This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug.  Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor.

You do need an immersion blender, blender, or food processor for this recipe. You basically need something that you can drop the egg yolk into while running that will emulsify and simultaneously cook the egg yolk without allowing it to coagulate.

Because nobody wants scrambled eggs in their hot chocolate. Ok fine, you can make it with a whisk and temper the eggs with the hot chocolate first before adding the rest of the liquid, but if you have a piece of machinery that will do this step for you, use it.

The BEST Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Yield: Serves 2

This hot chocolate is incredibly rich, creamy and silky. It is decadence in a mug in under 10 minutes! Deep dark chocolate is balanced with a little salt to temper the sweetness and to enhance the chocolate flavor. The extra rich flavor and silky smooth texture comes from the egg yolk!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16 oz) Whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate (I used Ghirardelli), chopped
  • Large pinch kosher salt
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate on 50% power in 30 second intervals.
  2. Meanwhile heat the milk and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. The sugar will help to prevent it from burning. Once it starts steaming, whisk in the cocoa powder, melted chocolate and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and turn off the heat.
  3. With the immersion blender running, add the egg yolk to the pot and blend in the egg. You can also transfer it to a blender or food processor.
  4. Pour into two mugs, top with an impossible number of marshmallows and enjoy.

Notes:

Serve hot. You can store it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval, or on the stovetop, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.

If you do not have an immersion blender, blender or food processor, you may add the egg yolk the old fashioned way. Place egg yolk in a large mixing bowl and break it up with a whisk. You can add a little sugar to the yolk if you would like, which will help you temper it without scrambling. While whisking constantly, pour in half of the hot chocolate into the bowl with the egg yolk in a slow stream. Whisk in the rest of the chocolate mixture. Pass the hot chocolate through a fine sieve or chinois. This will strain out any unpleasant lumps of coagulated egg yolk. Like I said, just use the darn blender.

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Comments

  1. Nikki says

    Thank you for not putting a calorie count with the recipe!!!!
    I can see the wheels turning in your head while tasting the frosting to determine if it was an Italian Buttercream or a French Buttercream. (or the stuff from a can..please say it ain’t so)
    And lets get real who honestly does not have a stash or two (or more) of chocolate. If you have a kitchen, bedroom and a living room you probably have chocolate stashed in at least that many places.
    I have been making my own “instant” hot chocolate but this sounds so much more decadent. Gave up buying the packaged stuff since most all have partially hydrogenated fats in them.

  2. Kathryn Mader says

    My goodness, I drink hot chocolate nearly every night. And I live in Florida. I’ve always loved it and then someone sent me two big cans of hot chocolate mix from Lake Champlain. One is regular and one is Aztec. Now I can hardly live without my nightcap. But this…this looks utterly sensational. Fantastic post, thank you!

  3. Marianne sanders says

    Thanks a yahoo for what is probably the most decadent recipe going for hot chocolate, outta be illegal. My waistline hates you.

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