Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

I’m in the midst of pre-production for Served Cold, my second short film and the follow-up to Patriots and Tyrants, so unfortunately I didn’t really have time to do much of a blog post for you this week. Rather than half-ass it (God knows I’ve done that before, maybe even going down to quarter-ass), I’m going to post a recipe for homemade hot chocolate. Still a bit of time to enjoy this before the end of the northern hemisphere winter (or, if you’re down under the equator, enjoy for months!).

1/3-1/2 (somewhere in between) cup premium unsweetened chocolate (I’m partial to Ghirardelli)
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3.5 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
1 tsp vanilla
Mini marshmallows (optional)

Put your chocolate, sugar and salt into a pot, and stir it together. Boil your water – I usually use a tea kettle, then pour directly into a measuring cup. Dump the water into the pot with the chocolate and sugar. Set on the stove on medium low and stir until the chocolate and sugar all melts.

Pour in the milk, and turn the heat to medium high. Stir the milk constantly, until bubbles start to form on the edge – remember, you’re just heating the milk, not cooking it. Remove from heat, and add cream and vanilla. Stir well, then divide into 2-4 cups (depending on the size of your cups). Top with marshmallows.

If you don’t add the marshmallows, you’ll need to stir the hot chocolate every minute or so until you drink it, otherwise a natty skin will show up. It’s not bad to drink, just kind of funky.

The blog will be on vacation for the next three weeks, as I’ll be shooting Served Cold on the weekends, and attending the Maryland International Film Festival to see Patriots and Tyrants’ debut! I’ll be back on April 6.