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BA's Best Hot Chocolate

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Alex Lau

If you’re feeling really decadent and fancy (as you should), add a splash of half-and-half or heavy cream just before serving. This is part of BA's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.

Ingredients

4 Servings

3

tablespoons cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-processed), plus more for serving

3

cups whole milk

6

ounces semisweet chocolate (preferably Scharffen Berger), finely chopped

3

tablespoons demerara or granulated sugar

Lightly sweetened whipped cream (for serving)

Preparation

Step 1

Bring ¾ cup water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder until no lumps remain, then add milk and return to a simmer. Whisk in chocolate and sugar and cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.

Step 2

Divide hot chocolate among mugs. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.

How would you rate BA's Best Hot Chocolate?

  • Good but … basic rule, never use plain water when you could use a liquid that can add flavor. Fresh brewed coffee, in this case. Or if you’re not into mocha, could just use more milk.

    • Anonymous

    • 10/24/2021

  • I loved it! It was a bit bitter because i thought that cocoa powder would have enough but after I added sugar it was amazing! I give it an 8/10!

    • Anonymous

    • Abu Dhabi, UAE

    • 10/10/2021

  • Sooo good! (I used 1% partly skimmed lactose-free milk for anyone worried about that, its still good) Also, I was using heat at about 5 and a half. It's a little bitter(especially when you get to the bottom) but tastes very rich. Next time I'll make sure to have whipping cream to make some, or just use whipped cream. I'd give it a nine outta ten, just cuz mine got bitter at the bottom, but it's super quick to make and definitely worth trying. Just make sure you have whipped cream lol.

    • Anonymous

    • 4/29/2021

  • My tongue just got hugged by chocolate. I'm loving it.

    • Hilary N

    • Kansas City Missouri

    • 1/10/2021

  • dessert in liquid form .... i used bittersweet plus 5 tablespoons of gran sug. did not add 3 T of dem sug. added 1 c of heavy cream and 1/2 t sea salt. and 1t cinnamon.... lovely

    • bingy

    • venice, ca

    • 12/29/2020

  • I love this recipe! I make it almost weekly in the winter. It works well with oat milk too (but then I cut the sugar a bit because oat milk is sweetened). I use high quality chocolate chips instead of chopping up a bar, to streamline the process.

    • Lindsay

    • Boulder, CO

    • 12/16/2020

  • Very Good!!!!

    • Bobby Flay

    • your min

    • 12/13/2020

  • It is super rich! It is a little bitter but the sweetness definitely covers that, I would definitely make it again

    • Molly

    • 12/2/2020

  • My family says this is the best hot chocolate they have ever had. Easy to make.

    • Sandy

    • Castro Valley

    • 11/20/2020

  • Made with Lindt 70% Dark and Gold top whole milk, go easy on the Demerara. 3 Tbsp Cocoa to 150ml water (reduced water) One bar Lindt to 600ml milk roughly for two large mugs. Doesnt need chopped choc, just break it up well inside foil. Allow a medium heat to gradually bubble and rise the milk before attacking with a whisk and killing the heat with a good hearty glug of double cream. One tsp plain white sugar added to whipping cream mixes up nicely

    • Onomatotato

    • Shalford

    • 12/6/2019

  • This is, without a shadow of a doubt, the BEST hot chocolate I’ve EVER had. I didn’t have whole milk so I subbed half 2% milk (yeah, Canadian here) and half half-and-half cream. I also subbed semi-sweet chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate (because that’s what I had). 12/10 would make a million times again!

    • maniczebra

    • Canada

    • 11/17/2019

  • I absolutely LOVED this recipe, and so did my family! It was deliciously creamy, and had the perfect chocolate taste without being cloyingly sweet. I definitely won't be going back to instant cocoa mix after having this taste of Heaven!

    • Alicia_Tanga

    • Sacramento, California

    • 10/7/2019

  • I just made this and I made a few changes because I didn't have any chocolate pieces. I feel like the recipe that I made up was very good I love lots of flavor in the hot coco. Here is the recipe that I made form this recipe: Ingredients: 1. 3/4 cup water 2. 4 Tbsp any type cocoa powder 3. 6 Tbsp any type of granulated sugar 4. 3 cups of milk (preferably 2%) 5. 3 Tbsp of confection/powered sugar How to make it: Pour your 3/4 cup water into a medium sauce pan and bring it to a simmer. Pour the cocoa powder into the water string it until all lumps are gone. Pour in the milk, mix it together. Then add your granulated sugar. After that add your confection/powdered sugar. Stir until all lumps are gone. Pour it into cups then add any topping or decorations that you want.

    • Lexi Ling

    • USA

    • 12/29/2018

  • I've made this several times this season already. I prefer it with 2% milk and 3 oz of chocolate, but that's just a personal preference. There is nothing wrong with the recipe as written. My favorite thing about this recipe is you can make it ahead and refrigerate, so it's a perfect make ahead for a winter party. It reheats beautifully - just do it slowly. And definitely add a homemade marshmallow.

    • hereforthefood

    • Front Porch, Georgia

    • 11/23/2018

  • So delicious! Thick, rich, and delicious!

    • leea_bean

    • Chengdu, Sichuan, China

    • 1/8/2018