Miss Bryan’s Homemade Hot Chocolate

Miss Bryan’s Homemade Hot Chocolate

A cup of homemade hot chocolate.  Rich chocolate comfort, perfect for a cold morning.  Sounds great, right?  But then you think, “That’s too much work.”  You are wrong.  It takes less than 10 minutes to make homemade hot chocolate.  There is a reason this recipe was a prize winner, the taste is amazing!

For years I’ve bought the store mixes thinking that I didn’t have the time to make homemade hot chocolate.  It is so easy and I feel a little silly for not making it sooner.  I will never buy another box of mix again.

I simplified the steps by using my microwave and skipping the double boiler (I don’t own one.)  If you don’t own one, but want to make this recipe the more traditional route, there is a great tutorial for a DIY version here.

How I Made The Recipe

  1. I put the milk in a saucepan over medium low heat to start warming up.
  2. I put the chocolate squares in a glass measuring cup and melted it in my microwave.  I didn’t cut it into bits like the recipe wanted.
  3. In another measuring cup, I heated the water in the microwave.  I poured the boiling water into the cup with the melted chocolate and stirred until mixed thoroughly.
  4. When the milk was warm, I added the sugar and salt and mixed.
  5. Pour the chocolate water slowly into the milk mixture while stirring with a whisk.
  6. When it was hot, I removed it from the heat and stirred in the vanilla.

There you have it, six easy steps to have rich delicious hot chocolate.  The best part about this is you know where all your ingredients come from.  You get to pick the milk, chocolate, water, sugar, salt and vanilla and know what you are feeding your family.  Can you say that about a boxed mix?  The cost of the ingredients came to about $1.57 and the recipe serves four, making each cup cost $0.39.  It is more expensive than the boxed mix, but I’m willing to pay the cost since it is so much tastier!

Add whipped cream if you want an extra treat

Update on 10/9: I put the last serving from this recipe in a mason jar and stuck it in my fridge.  I honestly forgot about it.  When I found the jar tonight, all the chocolate was settled at the bottom.  I decided to shake it up and drink it since the milk I used for this was still in date.  This created a great cold chocolate drink.  So if you have any leftovers, put them in a jar in the fridge and enjoy up to a week later.

Homemade Hot Chocolate with whipped cream

 

Original Recipe

Hot chocolate (Miss Rowena Bryan) – Two squares chocolate; 1 cup boiling water; 1/3 cup sugar; 3 cups milk; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.  Cut chocolate into bits, add boiling water, stir and cook until it boils.  Heat milk in double boiler and gradually add the hot milk to chocolate mixture.  Add sugar and salt and just before removing from the fire add vanilla.  Whipped cream or marshmallows may be served with the chocolate.

Printed in The Lincoln Star on June 1, 1923

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Rich homemade hot chocolate recipe from 1923
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 2 oz chocolate
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Put the milk in a saucepan over medium low heat to start warming up.
  2. Put the chocolate squares in a glass measuring cup and melt it in the microwave. 
  3. In another measuring cup, heat the water in the microwave.  Then pour the boiling water into the cup with the melted chocolate and stirred until mixed thoroughly.
  4. When the milk is warm, add the sugar and salt and mix well.
  5. Pour the chocolate water slowly into the milk mixture while stirring with a whisk. When it is hot, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

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