Christmas is literary round the corner and we’re all trying to hold it together and live life and get on with the important things this christmas. Spending time with family and creating that cosy warm feeling is all on our minds, it’s on my mind too.
What better way to do just that than breaking out the bags of marshmallow and making a nice cream cup of hot chocolate seating down with family watching old christmas movies.
But why stick with one method when there are clearly so many delicious ways to take your hot chocolate from tasty to absolutely out of this world. Here are some great ways to spread the christmas love to all!
1. The silky Manhatten
Add milk and dark chocolate to a pot and simmer over a medium heat for a few minutes, whisking regularly. Pour the thickened, silky, hot chocolate into a mug. Top with shavings of white chocolate, a few marshmallows, a dollop of whipped cream, a little cinnamon or nutmeg and then finish it off with orange zest. Allow the hot chocolate to cool a little, then sit back, relax and indulge. – Tidi Esther Child
2. The great after 8
Boil one cup of cream and half a cup of milk, then add five sprigs of fresh mint. Bring it all to a simmer, over a medium-low heat, then remove the mint. Whisk in cream and half a cup of chocolate, in order to create a ganache. Put two tablespoons of the ganache into a cup and pour in the hot milk. Place marshmallows on top and a sprig of fresh mint. – Denise de Lange
3. The easy mint crisp
Add a few pieces of chocolate into a mug, then pour in hot milk and stir. Top with whipped cream and some crushed chocolate pieces. Take a peppermint crisp chocolate and cut the two sides off, place it into your cup and sip it through the peppermint crips like a straw. You will have instant mint hot chocolate! Delish!
4. The triple vanilla
My husband has a sweet tooth, so I melt milk chocolate, white chocolate and one or two dark chocolate pieces together. Add a little bit of hot, full cream milk to get the texture really smooth. Then add 2.5 ml of vanilla extract and top it off with white marshmallows! Take your hot chocolate, put on your mittens and cover yourself with a beautiful blanket. Ensure that your hubby makes a nice fire, surround yourself with good company, and there you go! – Elzaan Human
5. The naughty Nutella
Line the mug with a thick layer of Nutella and pour in warm milk. It’s simple but totally delicious. Another alternative is a few blocks of dark, Lindt chocolate in warm milk with milky foam on top, lashed with cinnamon. – Caryn Jeenes
6. The crowd pleaser
This hot chocolate recipe is super easy and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Bring 2 litres of milk to just below boiling point in a large pot, then add chunks of Lindt dark chocolate and 2 slabs of Lindt dark chilly chocolate. Allow it to melt away gently while stirring. When you’re sure the chocolate has melted completely, pour the warm hot chocolate into your favourite winter mugs, top with a dollop of warm, frothy cream and a sprinkle of chilly flakes. Enjoy! – Julinda Aucamp
7. The flambé spice
Dark chocolate, a cinnamon stick, and a dash of chilli. Pop a large square of homemade marshmallow on top and torch it until it’s golden brown and caramelised. – Yoko Izu
8. The peanut butter combo
Boil one litre of milk, then remove from the heat. Add 3 x 80 g dark chocolate, chopped finely, and add a ¼ cup of peanut butter. Finish it off with ten white marshmallows then stir the hot chocolate with a whisk. The peanut butter and marshmallows combo give it that extra level of comfort! – Lisa Guimaraens
9. The Italiano Africano
My classic hot chocolate recipe is three heaped teaspoons of hot chocolate, 250 ml hot milk, one espresso, one tot of Amarula cream and a pinch of cinnamon. – Aletia ‘Doran’ Dreyer
10. The tropical Contiki
Hot chocolate, a bit of coconut milk, a shot of Amarula, and some marshmallows on top. Then you take a chef’s torch and toast the top of the marshmallows. Magic! – Darryn van der Walt
11. The cardamom kiss
Nomu’s decadent hot chocolate, plus warm milk is the best. Those dark chocolate chunks melt into a smooth, not too sweet, hot chocolate and the taste is enhanced by a twist of orange peel or a tip of a teaspoon of cardamon. – Heide Good
12. The salt flake city
Melt 70% Lindt chocolate into a mug, filled with hot milk. Put a dollop of fresh cream on top and take it to the next level with a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt over the cream. If you’re feeling super daring, push a Flake through the side of the cream and enjoy. – Nandi Canning
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