Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate Recipe

The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable.  Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat!

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate: The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable. Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #chocolate #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #drinks #winter

I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in Philadelphia, I kind of feel like we got gypped out of fall.  Last week? In the 70s.  Tomorrow? High of 35.

Time to dig out the winter coats and hats for the cold walk to preschool and work in the morning!

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate: The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable. Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #chocolate #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #drinks #winter

The rapid drop in temperature has me craving all my favorite winter foods, like these cranberry maple pork chops and Italian wedding soup and slow cooker chicken tikka masala.

And while it’s not snowing (yet!), it does have me dreaming ahead to future snow days.  Bundling up in winter attire and playing in the snow with my toddler.

Followed by the best part: coming in for a steaming hot mug of this decadently thick hot chocolate.

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate: The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable. Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #chocolate #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #drinks #winter

Seriously, how better to celebrate a snow day than with the richest, most thick hot chocolate you can imagine?  This isn’t your everyday hot chocolate.  Stash away a few instant packs at home from that.

This is truly thick, decadent, and indulgent.  It’s also why I keep some heavy cream in my refrigerator all winter.  There is truly no better way to welcome guests into my home than a steaming hot mug of this thick hot chocolate.

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate: The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable. Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #chocolate #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #drinks #winter

The first winter after I moved to Philadelphia, my husband and I wandered over to Max Brenner for dessert one evening.  We each got an Italian Thick hot chocolate and split a dessert.

I have no recollection what we ordered for dessert (a sweet waffle? fondue? dessert pizza?), but that hot chocolate — it’s the standard to which I have held all other hot chocolate since then.

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate: The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable. Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat! {Bunsen Burner Bakery} #chocolate #hotchocolate #hotcocoa #drinks #winter

I spent the next winters determined to replicate it at home.  Not necessarily the flavor, but the decadently thick texture. I’ve tried it all: adding eggs, a flour roux, evaporated milk, etc.  The winning combination?  Cornstarch and melted chocolate.

We like our chocolate dark, so I use bittersweet chocolate.  If you have more a sweet tooth, you can try it with semisweet chocolate.

But either way, be prepared for the richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate you’ve tried.  It’s kind of like drinking a liquid chocolate bar.  It’s a total splurge – but it’s worth every last delicious calorie.

Decadently Thick Hot Chocolate

The richest, most decadently thick hot chocolate imaginable.  Warm up from the cold with a mug of the ultimate melted chocolate treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • marshmallows, for topping

Directions:

  1. Stir together the cornstarch, salt, and powdered sugar in the bottom of a heavy saucepan. Add in milk and cream, and whisk together until cornstarch is fully dissolved.
  2. Bring the milk to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.  Reduce the heat to low, and continue whisking while the milk simmers for an additional minute.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until completely melted and smooth.  Add in the cocoa powder and vanilla, continuing to stir until all ingredients are incorporated.  If hot chocolate is too thick, add a little more milk to thin to desired consistency.
  4. Pour into two large mugs, top with marshmallows, and enjoy!

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