Proper homemade hot chocolate, made with milk and good quality dark chocolate is unbeatable. This is a simple recipe and you will never drink hot chocolate from a sachet again!
I've always liked the idea of hot chocolate, but have usually been disappointed by hot chocolate from a packet.
It's often too sweet for me and often just not chocolatey enough.
Also, I'm not really too keen on the Italian thick hot chocolate. I want my hot chocolate to be full of chocolate taste, but to be thirst quenching at the same time.
So obviously the taste is very dependent on the quality of the chocolate.
I prefer dark chocolate and we use various different kinds of quality dark chocolate. When using store cupboard ingredients, we often use dark chocolate chips which I keep in for baking.
I don't add extra sugar to this recipe. It really doesn't need it. The chocolate contains quite enough sugar in my opinion. But of course, taste it and see. You can always add more sugar if you think it needs it.
You can now serve the hot chocolate or pour into a thermos flask to keep hot until you are ready for it. If you keep it in a thermos, you should give it a good shake before you pour it into cups or mugs.
You can serve it just as it is or top with whipped cream if you like. I sometimes serve it with small dishes of grated nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon so people can add a pinch to their hot chocolate to taste.
Serve homemade hot chocolate with hot buttered pikelets, chocolate chip scones, cinnamon toast (or even just plain toast with butter) for a special afternoon treat after being out in the cold.