Now that the weather is getting chilly, cooks everywhere are starting to break out their recipes for cozy stews and warm drinks. One of the most popular cold weather classics is hot chocolate. When you come in after braving the freezing weather, a warm mug of cocoa helps you to unthaw your fingers while having a tasty treat.
Even a basic pack of instant hot chocolate can be tasty, but when you make it from scratch, it is even better. Using real chocolate and creamy milk makes a drink that is even more delectable than a dessert. You do not need to spend hours slowly stirring a pot of hot cocoa for it to be tasty. Marzia, a popular food blogger at Little Spice Jar, has made the process simpler by involving a slow cooker. You can quickly step up your hot cocoa game with this easy recipe for Mexican hot chocolate.
The simple recipe just uses some basic ingredients that you can get at any grocery store. The cost of them is actually cheaper than buying the individual packets of instant hot chocolate! This hot chocolate slow cooker recipe requires: 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 4 ounces of chocolate, ⅓ cup of hot water, ½ of a can of sweetened condensed milk, and 4 cups of milk. It is then seasoned with a stick of cinnamon, ⅛ a teaspoon of nutmeg, and ½ a teaspoon of chili powder. These spices add a rich flavor that is very popular in Mexico, but you can leave them out if you want a more classic version.
To actually make the chocolate, all you need to do is add all of the ingredients into the slow cooker. Stir them all together until the cocoa powder has dissolved into the water and milk. At first, the chocolate and the condensed milk will probably remain solid, but do not worry. Turn your slow cooker on to its lowest temperature. Stir the mixture every half hour or so to gently combine everything.
After two hours, the tasty hot chocolate was ready to drink. It creates enough hot chocolate for at least six people. Marzia recommends serving it with a topping of homemade whipped cream and some marshmallows. Since the slow cooker holds on to so much heat, you can keep this tasty drink warm for a while. Unlike stovetop hot chocolate recipes, you do not need to worry about it getting cold and separating while you are visiting with your guests.