Finally it feels like Fall is approaching. My hometown in Norway usually has cold and wet weather almost all the time – but not this year, no. I’ve been wanting to make hot chocolate while watching the rain outside, get my comfortable pants on and just breathe.
The weather has been good. Dry and relatively hot – perfect for hiking the Norwegian mountains. Which is what I’ve been doing. Some places the leaves have turned yellow, red and orange – and it’s so pretty! I couldn’t stop photographing, I almost forgot to continue my hike instead… So, dry weather is also good. But I wanted to make hot chocolate!
Now the temperatures have dropped to 10C (50F), and the rain is just pouring down. I love it. All this hiking and jogging and walking have made me a bit tired, and I sometimes just need a breather (did I tell you I’m going on my longest hike ever tomorrow? Yikes…). So today would be a good day for hot chocolate, no more chitchat and let’s get to it!
Rich & Decadent Hot Chocolate
The point of this recipe is just to make you feel good and indulge really. I cannot trust people who make their hot chocolates with water. What is that. Hot chocolate is supposed to be a creamy and milky delicious experience. (If you’re lactose intolerant I guess you’re excused, but I would use lactose reduced milk if I could).
I usually only use cocoa powder and sugar in my hot chocolates (recipe coming up), but I wanted to share a more decadent recipe first. I melted 150 gr of dark chocolate with milk in a pan on low to medium heat, remember to stir. This is very important or else the chocolate will taste burned and you don’t want that, do you? When the chocolate has melted, pour in a small dash of vanilla and to add to the richness – a little cocoa powder. Taste as you go, you might want to add a little more cocoa or more sugar, or it will be delicious as is. Turn the heat up a little and wait until it starts to bubble. And then it will be ready to devour! Serve with whipped cream or small marshmallows and a sprinkle of cocoa, if so desired.
It really is very simple to make your own hot chocolate, so I suggest you leave your pre-packaged hot chocolate powder mix in the hiking bag, and make this awesome hot chocolate for a cozy night in (or you could bring it in a Thermos of course!). Indulge.
I’d love to hear what you like in a hot chocolate, and if you try this, please comment below or tag me @thegingerwithspice on Instagram and I’ll make sure to check it out! And if you want to continue on the indoor cozy spree while the weather is raging outside, I suggest making Curry Coconut Carrot Soup for dinner today. Don’t forget to Pin it for later!