It’s quick and easy to make this Two Ingredient Hot Chocolate — a perfect drink for sipping on cold, snowy days. Or whenever the craving strikes.
We woke up to snow this morning — just a little, but coupled with the chillier temperatures and reduced sunlight, there’s no more denying that winter is coming. And that’s okay.
I like living in the north because we have seasons. Summer is all the sweeter because we have a fall, winter, mud season and week of spring. I mean, yes, technically we have an entire spring season but it’s not like spring in other places. We have weeks of mud, as all the snow and ice melt, and then a short period of “spring” weather before it becomes summer.
In any case, that’s not where we are now. Now, it’s time to make our home cozy for winter. Fluffy blankets, soft pajamas and mugs of steaming hot chocolate all help with this.
Homemade hot chocolate is the best, isn’t it?
No need to rip open the little bags of powdery hot cocoa mix though. To make homemade hot chocolate, all you need is milk and chocolate. You could even use leftover chocolate bars from Halloween, if you happen to have them laying about.
And making this Two Ingredient Hot Chocolate is so simple too — just heat the milk on the stove and whisk the chocolate in until it’s melted and fully incorporated. This takes all of 5 minutes to make and is so rich and creamy.
When the waiters on the train in The Polar Express movie sing “Hot! Hot!/ Ooh, we got it!/ Hot! Hot!/ Hey, we got it!/ Hot! Hot!/ Say, we got it!/ Hot chocolate!” I love to think that this is what they are talking about — after all, hot chocolate is made with actual chocolate (by contrast, hot cocoa is made with cocoa powder).
And on that note, in terms of having a cozy evening at home, there’s nothing I love more than spending time with my kids, curling up with our favorite blankets and putting on a wonderful wintry flick like The Polar Express while we sip hot chocolate. I’m so glad that even as they get older, that’s something we love to do together.
- 1 cup milk
- 2 oz. chocolate (I like milk chocolate, but dark chocolate will work too)
- Optional: Marshmallows, whipped cream, additional chocolate for grating, candy cane for stirring
- Bring the milk to a simmer on the stove (it should be hot, but not boiling). Whisk in the chocolate. Continue whisking until melted. Pour into a mug and enjoy.
- For peppermint hot chocolate, add an unwrapped candy cane to the mug and stir.
- If desired, top with optional ingredients like marshmallows or whipped cream.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.