Do you remember how as a kid everything looked better in cartoons? Strawberry-Shortcake land food looked way better than the food in real life. That’s just a fact. This made the reality of actual strawberry shortcake highly disappointing at times, particularly when the products used in recipes didn’t hold much merit.
The ninja turtles had far better pizza than anyone else in the world and I found it quite unfair. I didn’t live too far from the sewers of New York City. Why couldn’t I just go there and get some? I was about seven then, so you’ll have to forgive my illogical logic, naturally. While we’re on the subject of cartoons, have you seen those cabbage patch doll hats? They are weirdly adorable.
But, getting back to my point, this hot chocolate is absolutely perfect. It’s the best recipe one will ever find. Not just a delicious treat, in my opinion, but the apex of all other hot chocolate in existence and therefore completely rivals all cartoon hot chocolate. That’s a huge deal and obviously a much bigger deal than rivaling any real hot chocolate you’ve ever come in contact with.
I have made it dozens of times, if not more, in all variations. You can add a dash of cinnamon or a dash of cayenne or make a peppermint mocha as I so often do around Christmas time (directions below). It’s rich, creamy, classic, the pure chocolate flavor is like drinking a cup of pure comfort. It’s warm and aromatic and soothing and might be, quite possibly, my most favorite thing in the world.
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup +2 tablespoons white sugar
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup hot water
- 3 3/4 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine mix with water and bring to a light simmer.
- Add remaining ingredients. Stir every minute until very hot. Note: Do not boil once milk and cream are added.
- Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
- Variation: For a peppermint mocha, use coffee instead of the hot water and add a peppermint candy cane to the steaming cup once finished.
- Stir the candy cane so it melts into the mocha.