Hands down the creamiest dreamy homemade hot chocolate! No more taking a couple of sips and throwing the rest away, you’ll gulp down every bit of this one!
Oh Cade, you and your hot cocoa obsession are ridiculous. I’ve personally never cared that much for hot drinks, apple cider, hot chocolate, tea, bleh. I like ice water, aren’t I lame? But after moving to Utah and experiencing winter for 9 months of the year I’ve really started to enjoy homemade hot chocolate. Especially now that we have kids.
Can Hot Chocolate Keep You Awake?
The National Sleep Foundation recommends avoiding chocolate — as well as coffee, tea and soft drinks — before bedtime.
But there is an alternative.
White chocolate does not contain any theobromine, and little if any caffeine.
Eating chocolate at night can potentially keep you awake.
There’s nothing like reading the Polar Express, a tradition from my own childhood, enjoying hot fried donuts and homemade hot chocolate.
Is Hot Chocolate Good for You?
It may seem like an indulgence, but the chilly day treat actually has a whole host of health benefits.
Cocoa powder contains powerful antioxidants and many studies have shown its beneficial effects on heart health, insulin levels, memory and more.
Best of all? It just plain makes you happy.
Annnnd now I’m craving donuts. Gosh darnit! I’m working on busting out a dang good fried donut but in the meantime I adore Grandma’s spudnuts and my siblings love Mom’s glazed donuts so stick to those two recipes for now. And don’t you dare cringe about the spudnuts. They are the softest, most delicious things ever. Yes, they really do have potatoes in them. Just go with it.
But back to the hot cocoa. This hot cocoa is made out of love for Cade because he loves hot chocolate. We had a chocolate fountain at our wedding (don’t judge it used to be cool) which used a mix of milk or semi sweet chocolate and white chocolate which was just dreamy so I knew I wanted to go with a combination again. And of course whole milk and heavy cream add to the creaminess, but the real secret is the sweetened condensed milk. Cade is all about that in his drinks and even cereal thanks to his time serving his mission in Brazil (yes even his cereal and Brazilian lemonade and gosh darnit jello, and even his lime pie all call for it thanks to Brazil.)
Cade grew up eating cocoa and toast. He actually dips buttered toast in the hot chocolate. Are you kidding me? It gets soggy, sweetheart! I don’t get it! In fact, I’ll let him tell you about it.
Will Hot Chocolate Soothe a Sore Throat?
Most likely drinking hot chocolate will make your sore throat from coughing feel better temporarily, but worse in the long run.
Warm beverage, plus the fat, will soothe the throat at first.
And the dopamine release will also help you feel better in general.
However, milk and chocolate thicken and irritate the mucous.
Dreamy Homemade Hot Chocolate
Dreamy Homemade Hot Chocolate
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 5 Cups Whole Milk
- 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 ounces
- 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
- In a large stock pot over medium heat, add all of the ingredients.
- Heat and stir occasionally until the chocolate begins to melt and then turn to medium low and continue to stir every now and again until completely chocolatey and melted.
- Serve with whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles!