This hot cocoa has subtle hints of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all spice. Topped with whipped cream and marshmallows it is delicious drink to enjoy over the Christmas period. It is also great for those freezing mornings and winter nights.
Today has just been rain rain rain. Way to go November. I am literally rolling my eyes at the rain. Like the rain cares. It is on days like this that I comfort myself with a mug of hot cocoa.
I have tried many store bought hot cocoa mixes from the pricey ones to cheap and I find them quite lacking. And the ingredients are questionable. Which got me thinking why not make my own homemade version and I was absolutely right. Homemade cocoa mix is so much better than the store bought ones. It is rich, chocolatey and so delicious.
Then I thought why not add some spices. to the mix. A bit of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, some ginger, ooh I love ginger and all spice. My already delicious hot cocoa turned into something almost magical. It adds so much flavour.
The aroma from the simmering mixture of milk, cocoa and spices is absolutely amazing and will have your home smelling delicious. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then top with whipped cream and marshmallows. This spiced hot drink is just pure decadence. With each sip you get the subtle kick of the spices which is fantastic. Absolute comfort!!
Pair this hot cocoa with a soft baked ginger crinkle cookie. It’s great combo flavours.
Tips for making this Spiced Mix Hot Cocoa
You can customise this drink to your taste buds, add some espresso powder. Swap dairy milk for coconut or almond milk. Add some good quality chocolate for a deeper chocolatey flavour. If you aren’t a fan of unsweetened cocoa powder, use your favourite hot chocolate.
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Spiced Mix Hot Chocolate
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons ginger
- 2 teaspoons all spice
- 480 ml (2 cups) milk
- 25 grams (¼ cup) cocoa powder
- 25 grams (¼ cup) icing powder
- 1 teaspoon spice mix
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- whipping cream and marshmallows (optional)
- Make spice mix by combining cinnamon ,nutmeg, ginger and all spice. Mix well and store in airtight container.
- Add all the ingredients for the hot cocoa in a pan. Heat over a low heat , until simmering stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve with toppings.
- Now kick back and enjoy.