3 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sugar
/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
a pinch kosher salt
6 oz milk chocolate--chopped
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
for topping marshmallows
for topping whipped cream
Here’s the secret weapon when making the best homemade hot cocoa… use the best quality cocoa you can. Sometimes this means a darker cocoa, and this is a good thing. All the sweetness of the marshmallows really cuts into any bitterness and just leaves you with a perfect cup!
This is quite possibly the perfect fall afternoon snack. And Thanksgiving Day snack. And Christmas Day snack.
Let’s just say it’s a great snack, shall we?
- Chocolate may prevent memory decline. Scientists at Harvard Medical School suggest that drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy and reduce memory decline in older people.
- Chocolate and heart disease risk. Research, published in The BMJ, suggests that consuming chocolate could help lower the risk of developing heart disease by one-third.
- Chocolate and stroke. Canadian scientists carried out a study involving 44,489 individuals and found that people eating chocolate were 22 percent less likely to suffer a stroke than those who didn’t. Also, those who had a stroke but regularly consumed chocolate were 46 percent less likely to die as a result.
- Eating chocolate during pregnancy may benefit fetal growth and development. Good news for expectant mothers: eating 30 grams of chocolate every day during pregnancy might benefit fetal growth and development. This is the conclusion of a study presented at the 2016 Pregnancy Meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
- Chocolate may streamline cognitive function. A study published in the journal Appetite, suggests eating chocolate at least once weekly has the potential to improve cognitive function.
How to Make Hot Chocolate