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Some days are better than others, especially this time of year.  Some days you wake up and spring out of bed with a smile on your face, just knowing that it will be a good day.  But then you get into your car and spend hours battling the barrage of angry shoppers, not only in stores but also on the roads and in parking lots.  After following decorum and waiting patiently for a parking spot and then having your space stolen not once, not twice, but three times and then waiting in four different lines for over an hour each only to find out that two of the items you were looking for were sold out and may or may not be in stock within the next two weeks, you are over the whole shopping thing and ready to give “I owe yous” as gifts.  At the end of the day, you go home tired, hungry, and feeling defeated, wondering how a day that started off so beautifully ended up like that.  Until you make this hot chocolate.  And all is once again right in the world.  Yes, it is magic hot chocolate like that.

Of course, this hot chocolate is just as magical in the morning as it is at night, and it makes a lovely addition to Christmas Brunch.  And as an aside, if you add about three to four ounces more chocolate, pour it into individual serving bowls, and refrigerate, you will end up with beautiful hot chocolate pudding (no thickener needed!).Hot Chocolate

(Yield:  2-4 servings)

4 oz good quality semisweet couture chocolate (not chocolate chips) (lol, oops, meant couverture chocolate…guess I had couture on the mind ;) )

2 c whole milk (you can substitute cream, low-fat, or fat-free milk as desired)

1-2 TB sugar (more or less to taste)

Small pinch kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat; bring up to a simmer (whisking occasionally), then turn heat down and simmer gently 2-3 minutes (it will thicken as it simmers).  Serve hot.

If You Like Yours Frothy:  Use an immersion blender or carefully pour the hot chocolate into a blender and process until frothy.

Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. I love that this turns into a chocolate pudding! Such a yummy and well-deserved treat after braving the horrors of holiday shopping!

  2. Hubby and I always spoil ourselves with luscious chocolate cups of goodness…of course, it’s rare we don’t add a little spirit to it too. LOL

    Faith, you got me thinking about that couverture chocolate. Here, I always, thought it should be used for decorative creations…hmmm ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  3. Great hot chocolate! I hope that you are feeling better now :-)


  4. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Hot chocolate would sure be nice right now on a cold morning here, sounds perfectly warming.

  5. When people are grouchy and rude and disrespectful, I love to smile and soothe. Sometimes it is so unexpected, I have seen tears. It makes such a difference. (And, it is very frustrating)
    Now this is the REAL deal… Incredible hot chocolate. I would feel sooooo loved if someone prepared a cup of love like this for me! A homemade marshmallow on top – and I could die and go to heaven.
    I do not make this kind of thing often enough. It is now on my Christmas eve menu after the tobagganing.

  6. I just got off the phone with my sister, and we were talking about how it seems people are so rude this time of year and that the stores have been crazy. I hung up and thought let me surf the net and see if I can find a recipe for homemade hot cocoa. I checked my e.mail and saw your post. Too funny. I think you were reading my mind…lol

    This looks great. I love the idea to use it as pudding as well thanks. This will definitely melt all the madness away:)

  7. People can be so rude it’s unbelievable. I’m glad you had a cup of this hot chocolate. It looks so rich and delicious.

  8. argh to all that shopping awfulness! yes, a cup of hot chocolate is sure to do the trick—try a pinch of chile or cayenne, for a little extra glow! and take good care-

  9. Veronica, I discovered that when I was experimenting with this recipe.

    Krystal, Peppermint or cinnamon would be perfect! Sometimes I like to swirl in a candy cane. :)

    Geni, I’m from upstate NY but I bet the dalmation would work here too, lol!

  10. Now you just need some homemade marshmallows! I really love all the shots with the teeny presents. Really pretty. What can I say about the holiday “cheer”? It’s really maddening when nice people finish last…parking is dog eat dog. You’re from LA aren’t you? Try decorating your car like a dalmatian. It worked for me. ;p

  11. owww- sounds so good right now, especially with how COLD its been! Deliciousness.

  12. This looks so rich and delicious! I’m going to have to try the immersion blender idea.

  13. Yeah, you’re right about the some days being better than others – I woke up yesterday and the temperature was 26. Today it is going to be in the 70’s … but next time it’s in the 20’s, yeah, Rich is headed to Edible Mosaic to get this hot chocolate recipe …

  14. Well, Faith, you certainly posted about something entirely familiar to all of us today! We’ve all been there, done that, swear to never do it again, and repeat it year after year! :)

    Hot chocolate is comfort food on a cold, annoying day! But I just have to have a marshmallow mustache, so forgive me if I top mine with one and ruin your truly lovely photo!

  15. quality chocolate is the star here, and my goodness, your drink looks so smooth and satisfying!

  16. Its iced chocolate ‘down under’ – so busy, trying so hard to keep that smile happening, but people… what can I say… “people manners please!!!!!” – its getting a touch rough out there & frantic & tempers are frayed a bit. Thank you Universe for chocolate :)
    If it wasn’t so hot I’d totally enjoy your hot chocolate Faith, it looks wonderful.

  17. Yes! I love hot chocolate. While preggers it’s a little harder on my stomach but maybe homemade will hit the spot. I have some of that special semi sweet chocolate left over from who knows when. I’ll give it a shot. maybe add some peppermint or cinnamon too?

  18. One of my favourite drinks. Mmmmmm I had better go and make some now. Diane

  19. I love how you wrote this post with a story! You’re a great writer and I like seeing it in different forms. So was the pudding thing something you realized after a mistake or are you just that smart??

  20. You certainly have read my mind :-)) The weatherman said today we are going to have something like -10….and nothing is better than a large cup of hot chocolate!

  21. That looks so rich and delicious that I just might have to make me some. The picture is wonderful. I hope you’ve had a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. Love all those tiny little presents on the ground. Makes the hot chocolate mug seem enormous. And that’s a GOOD thing, because one can never have enough hot chocolate in the winter.

  23. It’s freezing in NYC! I’d love to hug a cup of this right at this moment.

  24. I will never say no to hot chocolate! :)

  25. Hehe you know it’s funny but these past few weeks I’ve been very busy with the book and Christmas and every day I’ve been having a chocolate drink. However since it’s really hot here it has been an iced chocolate. But again we’re thinking the same thing-chocolate saves the day! :)

  26. I love hot chocolate and this is so simple. Can’t wait to try it!

  27. That looks thick and divine, I rarely think of making hot chocolate but now I want one. I like a dash of cayenne in mine too! I am going shopping on Wed or Fri so better make a mental note for this recipe.

  28. It looks perfect! Gorgeous photos, as usual, too! :) I sent this recipe along to someone in search of a hot cocoa recipe…perfect timing :)

  29. A fine cup of hot chocolate indeed! I think I may need to bring this with me shopping to take a sip and bring me back to happy land each time my parking space gets stolen, I have to line up in a long winding line, or someone tells me “that item has been sold out”. Yes, this cup of hot chocolate will be my savior. Isn’t it ironic that this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year? Lol. Happy shopping, my friend ;-)

  30. Faith,

    Best of luck with your x-mas shopping. Lovely hot chocolate and amazingly vibrant photos.

    Be well

  31. I feel your pain in terms of Christmas shopping, which is my least favorite part of the holiday season and an activity that I procrastinate about starting every year. But, oh, what a consolation your hot chocolate is! I’ll definitely keep it in mind as a post-Mall hop treat!

  32. What great looking hot chocolate. I’ve never attempted to make my own but this makes me wonder if I should try! If it was physically possible, I would just reach through my computer screen right now and grab some!

  33. I have some chocolate couverture at my parents’ house, and I can promise you when I go there for Christmas I will be whipping up some hot chocolate with it :) Yum!!

  34. I was waiting for this recipe Faith! Thank you for sharing it. I am off to buy some “couture” chocolate – love it! And I hope that nobody steals my parking space. :(

  35. Faith, Hot chocolate is awesome, i need them on this weather.

  36. That is one luscious, creamy hot chocolate drink! Yes, somedays are just better than others. It is good to be able to whip up something to soothe the soul :)

  37. Hate those kind of days! But what a nice perk though! Rich, delicious hot chocolate! That would change everything!

  38. This chocolate is ideal now that the weather here is showing his teeth.

  39. Phew, that was some day ,and was it the same of ur car that was covered with snow:-)))
    Now hot chocolate i love, jus thinking of it puts a couple of springs in my steps:-)
    I make this one too with my fav chocolate and its oh so good with some candy cane too:-)
    Love the scones here too!!
    Happy holidays with love Faith , ofcourse we will meet around before , during and after the hols too!

  40. Mmmhhh, so sooothing! I love mine with no sugar…



  41. I know what you mean about Christmas. I am so pleased that I can now shop on line for most things and avoid the shopping crush which takes all the spirit out of Christmas. Lovely hot chocolate Faith. Sure to pep one up after holiday forays!

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