Posted 10/11/2021 12:15 (#9263472 - in reply to #9262976) Subject: RE: Hot chocolate?
Kettle Moraine, WI
1. Heat chocolate bar in pan and pour in milk. Heat to desired drinking temp. Dark choc or milk choc as you like.
2. Make your own premix. 2 parts granulated white sugar to 1 part by volume cocoa powder (buy the best brands). Add to milk and heat. Use this if want to replace store premix powder. Edit to add: blend this dry mixture in high speed blender to get small particle size and homogenization.
3. Add peppermint extract, vanilla, expresso, caramel, hazelnut, or other as you desire
4. Adding heavy cream or half and half can bring richness. Whole milk to start is best for same reason.
5. If you are just replacing c store powder made machine hot chocolate, then get a Keurig, don't use filter, just use to heat mug of hot water for premix for speed. A water kettle will also be quick and easy. If you do this with water consider having individual heavy cream cups like you get in restaurants or a carton in refrigerator.
6. You're mileage may vary, but heating some chocolate milk from grocery store may taste well though there is a range of how good chocolate milks are cold though. One c store here heats a chug of chocolate milk and then adds there syrup to the warmed milk. That is very rich taste.
Speaking as a former hot chocolate "addict". Best of luck in modifying your methods.