aboveWant the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate.

That is all you need. (Well, that’s all I need!)

It’s no secret that I love chocolate. When it comes to food, the more chocolate something has in it, the better. That is why I skip cocoa and go straight for a block when I make hot chocolate. Your loved one/s will love you for this, trust me.

Shaping the chocolate in molds before adding them to the milk makes this recipe a little bit cuter – it’s more of an event than just pouring melted chocolate into hot milk. Putting in that little bit of extra effort is marshamallowwhat love is all about!

This little mug of wonder is sweet, silky and rich, and it tastes even better when it’s made by somebody else! I took my inspiration from Italian-style hot chocolates, which are so thick you need to slurp them, and are about 80% pure melted chocolate.

Do your love a favour on Valentine’s Day and whip them up the world’s best hot chocolate (not even exaggerating!)

The world’s best hot chocolate:

Makes 2 generous cups

  • 70g milk chocolate
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Nutella
  • 750ml milk
  • 1 tsp cocoa, for dusting
  • Marshmallows (I got mine from the Treat Factory in Berry)

Melt your chocolate and Nutella in a heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir in the sugar. Pour into heart-shaped molds and set in the freezer for at least an hour.

When you’re ready to drink your hot chocolate, pour your milk into a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the milk has started to boil and froth up for about 30 seconds, take it off the heat and divide between two mugs.

heartsRemove your chocolate hearts from the freezer and pop them straight into the milk, stirring well to help them melt. It’s not a bad thing if all the chocolate doesn’t dissolve, that just means you get delicious melted chocolate once you’ve finished the drink!

scenePut your cocoa through a sieve to dust over the top, add a marshmallow or four, et voila! Your delightful cup of chocolatey deliciousness is ready!

If you want to drink your hot chocolate ASAP, skip the heart-shaped mold step and simple pour the Nutella/chocolate mix into your milk, stir, then drink!

Happy Valentine’s day, lovers!

Also, if you’re admiring those little pretzels on the saucer, they can be found here. They’re also a delicious and super simple idea for Valentine’s Day (or any day, in fact.)

10 comments

  1. Hot chocolate is something I’ve attempted to make for the other half on more than one occasion… and failed every single time. I don’t know what it is i do/don’t do but it is safe to say they always end up down the sink!! This hot chocolate looks amazing…. perhaps i should attempt it one last time… except this time if it goes wrong I can blame you 😛 and if it turns out amazing (which I’m sure it will) then you will give a big thumbs up! 😀 P.S Sorry for rambling! I shouldn’t have had that afternoon coffee!

    1. Haha! I loved your comment! I know some people have issues with the milk and chocolate splitting – maybe this is what happened to your doomed hot chocolate attempts? Hope you’ve had your coffee this morning 😜

      1. haha well I’m glad I didn’t ramble on for no reason haha. It is entirely possible that it is the chocolates fault… haha I’m sipping my first morning coffee as I type 🙂

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