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January 12, 2013

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Last month when Mike and I went to Vail for our first weekend away as parents, we indulged in just about everything - massages, elaborate dinners, nice bottles of wine, sleeping in and very special (read : expensive) hot chocolate.

The Four Seasons in Vail is known for their Hot Chocolate - in fact, they call it "Haut Chocolate."  We ordered ours at the outside pool-front fireplace.  They brought it out on a silver platter, and poured it from a copper kettle (which is apparently, a traditional French Hot Chocolate pot) through chocolate lace that sits on top of the cup.  Then they topped it with house-made chocolate marshmallow, fresh whipped cream and Swiss chocolate shavings.

It was soooo special and so indulgent.  What I really loved about it, besides the presentation, was that it was not too sweet, but very smooth and rich and had a deep chocolate flavor.

This Hot Chocolate Recipe is my attempt to recreate that rich, not too sweet, Haut Chocolate.  I was planning to share it yesterday, but the 60 degree weather we had here didn't make it feel appropriate.  Now, that our temps are back to a comfortable 34 degrees (humph...), it is Hot Chocolate time again.

Homemade Hot Chocolate
rich and creamy

I find that grating the chocolate with a microplane makes the chocolate easier to melt and as it melts more quickly, it makes the chocolate creamier.  

4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, grated
4 ounces milk chocolate, grated
1 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon of sugar

In a saucepan, heat the milk and sugar on medium just until it begins to simmer.   Meanwhile, grate the chocolate.  Also, begin whipping the cream and sugar until soft peaks are achieved.  Remove from heat and stir in chocolate.  Continue stirring until the chocolate melts.  Serve in mugs topped with the sweetened whipping cream.


  1. So indulgent, but so necessary :-)
    I love Vail, purpose built, but lovely nonetheless.
    I'm going o try your recipe, pretty soon!

  2. Jenny - So fun! I can only imagine the one in Vail!! Pure heaven! I will probably share my version next week. I say that but I have 5 posts just sitting in draft format that I can't seem to finish up! My recipe is very similar to yours, I based it off of Ina's {shocker} but made a few tweaks. Warm melted chocolate and whipped cream, not sure you can ever go wrong! Have a lovely weekend. Your 60 degree weather seems to have blown our way for a couple days! Crazy winter. Tessa

  3. Yum! I think W-S once sold a copper hot chocolate pot like that.

  4. Cheryl8:38 PM

    I am so lazy. I get the Williams Sonoma drinking chocolate (someone else has already grated the chocolate). They also have flavors like Peppermint and this year - Salted Caramel. Several years ago I received a Bialetti hot chocolate machine - it warms it while whipping it which blends the chocolate really well so it doesn't sink to the bottom or get a skin and it fluffs it up so it is creamy and light. Been having some every day now that we are having freezing temps here in the SW desert.

  5. Whoa! Sounds like kind of a lot of work, but also worth it! Looks delicious!

  6. Mmm! I settled on boxed hot chocolate with whipped cream this morning, but this looks so much better!

  7. Oh yum! Sounds like you had a fantastic trip!! :)

  8. One word .... Yummy!!!

  9. How fun!! I read your blog and then was looking at One Kings Lane today. They have that kettle for sale today!

  10. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Jenny, where did you purchase your cocoa mugs from? I noticed them on your blog header as well. I need new cups, and would like to know if they are still available to purchase. Thank you, Jenny.

  11. Anonymous11:54 AM

    Used what I had on hand - nestle semi-sweet chips, hershey's milk chocolate and 2% milk. Easy to make and waaaaay better than those hot chocolate packets! Thanks for a great recipe.

  12. I say that but I have 5 content just seated in set up structure that I can't seem to complete up! My formula is very just like yours, I centered it off of Ina's {shocker} but created a few modifications. Heated dissolved candy and pulled lotion, not sure you can ever go wrong! Have a charming weekend

    rs gold
    WOW Gold Kaufen


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