The key to a satisfying and indulgent hot chocolate
Perfect hot chocolate
Published: June 23rd, 2021 | Last Updated: July 24th, 2021
The key to a satisfying and indulgent hot chocolate is using real chocolate and a pinch of salt. Using real chocolate will give the hot chocolate a satisfying creaminess and body, with a rich and robust chocolate flavour. A pinch of salt will enhance the flavour of the chocolate and make dark chocolate taste sweeter!
Ingredients (1 Serving)
This recipe requires just two ingredients. For the best results, use the best quality chocolate you can find! Try to find couverture chocolate (chocolate containing cocoa butter). Given the little number of ingredients, this recipe is also great to taste the subtle notes of single-origin chocolate. The more chocolate you use, the thicker it will be. Feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste but here is our favourite ratio.
- 50g dark chocolate pieces or 60g milk chocolate pieces
- 200g whole milk
- A pinch of salt
Tools used for this Recipe
The hand blender is one of our most used tools. It is used in so many recipes and techniques and helps you achieve perfect emulsions. In this recipe, it is used to create a perfect emulsion for a smooth and silky hot chocolate. It can also be used to make hot chocolate foam!
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There are few ways to make this hot chocolate and it depends on what tools you have on hand and how many servings you’re making. Generally, it’s about heating up the ingredients and making a perfect emulsion (mixing the milk and chocolate until perfectly smooth).
Our preferred method - microwave and hand blender
The hand blender is a great tool to ensure a perfect emulsion for a silky and smooth hot chocolate.
- Place the chocolate, milk and salt in a tall microwave-safe container. (Place the chocolate in first to avoid splashes!)
- Microwave for 2 minutes. We want the milk to reach around 70°C. This temperature is enough to ensure the chocolate is melted and make sure the drink is nice and hot. This may require a bit of trial-and-error based on your microwave. If making more than 1 serving, you will need to increase the time.
- Blend the mixture with the hand blender until evenly mixed.
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