If you are anything like me and don’t see all the hullaballoo about hot chocolate, then I’m about to rock your world. My lovely friend, Tiffany, asked us to be involved with The Scioto Mile’s Grand Illumination, presented by Justice and I couldn’t say no to her. Of course, our involvement revolved around food. We will be the “host” of the hot chocolate bar during the event!
Since I am not a fan of the generic powder and luke warm water mix, I decided I had to spice it up with my own hot chocolate recipe. This specific recipe won’t be served at the event but, you can still whip it up at home on any of these upcoming chilly evenings. I knew I wanted to add cinnamon to the mix because that just screams holiday to me. While I was perusing my pantry, I stumbled upon some ground ginger and felt that it would be the perfect addition to this mix.
YUP. That’s two cups of powdered sugar. A heaping two cups to be precise. Before researching some inspiration for this recipe, I didn’t know that there was powdered sugar in hot chocolate mix! I wouldn’t suggest drinking a giant cup of this before bedtime. Unless you are trying to pull an all-nighter. I’ve probably mentioned this before but one of my favorite kitchen tools is my sifter. You can use a hand shaker like the one pictured or a hand “crank” one. I suggest the latter, it’s way less messy. If you use the former, be prepared at how well super dark cocoa powder stains white Gap t-shirts. RIP favorite shirt.
Once you mix all your yummy ingredients together and hopefully don’t get cocoa powder all over your clothes, give it one more hearty whisk for good measure. It’s going to be this lighter grayish color because of that heaping amount of powdered sugar. The texture will also be super fluffy because of the sifting magic. I kind of wanted to swim in this bowl of mix. But, I refrained because I didn’t actually want to stain all my clothing.
Topping time! Now this is the part of hot chocolate that I’ve always enjoyed. Yes, you can just purchase a spray can of whipped cream or some cool whip. However, homemade whipped cream is way more fun and wayyy tastier. It’s just three ingredients and there are so many ways to make it in less than 5 minutes. You can also pop in a few different flavors to add an extra element. I would try some vanilla beans, ground cinnamon, a smidgen of cocoa powder or even a drop or two of peppermint oil.
If you don’t have peppermint oil lying around, don’t you worry because you can just add some crushed candy canes to your pile of whipped cream. Seriously, pile this stuff on. It’s going to melt on top of the hot chocolate so you might as well load up. I can’t promise I’ll have homemade whipped cream at the Grand Illumination on Friday but if you get there early enough, we may have some tasty samples for you!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup Hershey's special dark cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Sift all ingredients together until well mixed. Whisk together to ensure there are no lumps.
- Boil water or heat milk.
- Fill half your mug with hot chocolate mix.
- Combine liquid and mix until fully combine.
- Top with homemade whipped cream and favorite toppings.
- Freeze mixer bowl and whisk for 10 minutes.
- Pour heavy whipping cream, vanilla and sugar in mixing bowl.
- Mix on level 6 for 4-5 minutes until soft peaks form. You'll know it's ready when you can remove the whisk, hold it upside down and it stays put.