I love, love, love the holiday season. When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than bundling up on the couch with a blanket and some hot chocolate.
Wrapping my hands around a warm mug invites memories of sitting in the bleachers at brisk football games, waking up on Christmas morning to sticky buns and hot chocolate, and one of my favorites, arising at an insane hour to stand in freezing long lines for Black Friday, with the consolation of killer deals, fantastic people-watching, and a warm cup in my hands.
Usually, all of these hot chocolate memories include powder dumped from a packet. Oh boy, do I have a treat for you!
OMD (Oh my decadence)! This recipe is the creamiest, most delicious hot chocolate I have ever had. I came up with the recipe for a family brunch recently and it was a huge hit. Since my taste buds have been yearning for pumpkin lately, I wanted to experiment with it in a hot chocolate. Sound crazy? It is delicious! But you can easily leave the pumpkin out and still have a decadent hot chocolate.
- 10 cups milk
- 2 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup white chocolate melting chips (or white chocolate chips)
- 2 cups (one 11.5 oz bag) milk chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Combine milk, pumpkin puree, and sweetened condensed milk in a pan and heat on medium low until heated through, stirring often. *This mixture should never boil.
- Add white chocolate and milk chocolate to the pan and stir while the chocolate melts.
- Once chocolate has melted and combined with the liquid, add the remaining spices. Stir to combine.
- Using a fine strainer (to capture the larger spice particles), strain the hot chocolate into a crock pot. This will make it incredibly creamy and delicious! Turn on warm until ready to serve.
You can make it directly in the crock pot by simply combining ingredients, turning the crock pot on low, and stirring often until chocolate has melted and all ingredients are combined. It is still a good idea to strain the mixture.
*A Quick Note: I did try making this hot chocolate the night before and then left the crock pot on warm over night but thought it gave the hot chocolate a funny taste. I would recommend making it fairly close to serving time (don’t leave overnight).
Then pour yourself a mug, snuggle up, and enjoy!
I sure wish I could still wear footed jammies. It kind of makes the experience that much more complete!