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I first made this hot chocolate mix last year and I was thrilled that it got rave reviews. Smooth and rich hot chocolate. What could be better after a long day out in the crisp winter weather? And, bonus, it was a good use for some of the 7 pounds of Valrhona dutch cocoa powder I had just purchased. Yeah… there’s a story there.

I really wanted to get some high quality dutch processed cocoa powder and I had been reading about how awesome Valrhona is. I found a source and ordered a 3.3 kg box. 3.3 kg… it didn’t sound like that much. I didn’t think about 3.3 kg being well over 7 pounds of cocoa powder. The idea of it was much different than the reality of it. 7 pounds. That’s a whoooooole lotta cocoa.

Anyhoo, moving on!

This hot chocolate mix ain’t Swiss Miss. It is rich. Decadent. Smooth. A real indulgence. I would be more likely to serve this to adults but my cousin’s kids also love it. Where kids are concerned, your mileage may vary. Do yourself a solid and use the best chocolate and cocoa you can get your mitts on. Your taste buds will thank you. Oh, and I always get asked if you can make this with water. (See the above note about Swiss Miss.)  Nope, you’ll need to make this with milk or a reasonable milk substitute.

The whole batch is around 24 servings. I like to divvy it up in 2 or 3 cup servings and give it out with a note with directions.


Decadent Hot Chocolate

Crazy Decadent Hot Chocolate
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Recipe type: beverages
Serves: 24 cups
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
  • 2½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dutch processed dark cocoa powder (also called black cocoa)
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  1. Combine the sugar and vanilla bean paste and put in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to mix it up nicely.
  2. Add the chocolate chips to the bowl and pulse at 10 second intervals until the mix is as finely chopped as you like it. I usually go for a loose gravelly consistency. I like to see bits of chocolate chunks! The consistency of wet sand is good too.
  3. Add the cocoa powder and salt. Pulse several times, until everything is well mixed.
  4. To make the hot chocolate, mix ¼ cup of the mix with 8 ounces of hot milk. (Do not use water!) Top as you like... whipped cream, marshmallows, shaved chocolate, etc.
  5. The entire batch makes about 24 servings. If kept in an airtight container, it will stay fresh for several months.