Hot chocolate is a seasonal tradition in my family. Not only do we enjoy it on Christmas, but we ALWAYS make hot chocolate when it snows.
Everyone loves it, and it is the perfect treat to warm you up from the inside out.
My family has tried many types of hot chocolate over the years, from Starbucks ($$$) to the fancy flavored packets at the store like these from Ghiradelli ($$), to just the plain old Swiss Miss packets (cheap, but not as good).
I have even tried making my own from scratch, which has worked out occasionally, but is very troublesome and usually involves a trip to the grocery store to hunt for odd ingredients (not fun in the snow).
I found a recipe for a diet hot chocolate from Hungry Girl that just added things to a Swiss Miss hot chocolate packet instead of doing everything from scratch. There is an idea! I don’t usually like diet food (who does?), so I took the basic idea from Hungry Girl and made it creamy, delicious, and oh-so-sinful.
Just use the cheap Swiss Miss packets (or any generic brand you like), then add in a few little extras that you probably already have in your cupboard… and ta-da! You will have the easiest, quickest, most delicious, make-it-all-in-one-cup-so-you-don’t-have-dishes hot chocolate recipe around.
Top it with whipped cream, marshmallows, marshmallow creme (my favorite), or even a tipple of peppermint schnapps or amaretto—and you are in business.
1 packet of dark chocolate hot cocoa mix (Swiss Miss or similar)
2 tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp of powdered creamer (any flavor you want—I highly recommend hazelnut, because it is my family’s favorite. Go with plain or vanilla if you are adding alcohol. I know I am using sugar free in the pictures, it is what I had on hand.)
3 tsp of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or more if you are a chocoholic – the mini ones melt the best)
1 cup whole milk
Your favorite topping
Empty the packet of hot cocoa mix into a mug with the cocoa powder, powdered creamer, and chocolate chips.
Add in 1/4 cup boiling water. Stir until everything is melted, there are no powder bubbles, and it looks like the most delicious chocolate mud you have ever seen.
Add 1 cup whole milk and stir.
Microwave for 1 minute (for those who like it medium-hot) to 1 1/2 minutes (scalding hot, just as I like it) on high.
Remove from microwave, stir, and top with whipped cream, marshmallow creme, or marshmallows.