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We (Heart) Hot Cocoa

Style News  /   /  By Nina Louie
It’s the perfect time of year to make homemade hot chocolate your specialty. Here are three gorgeous twists on the classic cold-weather fave.


Chili Hot ChocolateServes about 54 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, chopped2½ cups whole milk1/3 cup sugar1½ tsp vanilla extract3/4 tsp ground cinnamon1/8 tsp ground chili pepperWarm the milk in a saucepan until hot to the touch. Add the chocolate and sugar and whisk for 1-2 minutes until well blended. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, and chili pepper, whisking thoroughly. Warm over low heat without bringing to a boil, and serve.


Earl Grey Hot ChocolateServes 21½ cups whole milk1½ tsp earl grey tea6 squares of 85% dark chocolateWarm the milk and tea leaves for ten minutes in a saucepan without bringing to a boil. Place three squares of chocolate into two mugs, and strain off the tea leaves as you pour in the milk. Stir well and serve.


Hazelnut Hot ChocolateServes 22 cups whole milk2 tbsp heavy cream1/4 cup Nutella, or more, to tasteWarm the milk, cream, and Nutella in a saucepan, whisking until the spread is melted and thoroughly blended. Continue to warm over low heat without bringing to a boil, and serve. 
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