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Video:Hot Chocolate

with Gretchen Siegchrist

When it's cold outside, nothing warms you up like a mug of steamy hot chocolate. But don't settle for the boxed variety - watch how to make your own at home.See Transcript

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Transcript:Hot Chocolate

Hi, I am Gretchen Siegchrist for About.com Food, and I am going to show you how to make hot chocolate.

What Is Hot Chocolate?

There is a difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate. The first is made from cocoa powder, which is chocolate with all of the fat pressed out of it.

The second is made from real, rich chocolate. That is what we are going to be making today.

Ingredients Needed to Make Hot Chocolate

Begin with some nice, rich chocolate. The better the quality, the better your final product will be. You will also need some milk.

For true hot chocolate you always want to use milk, and never water. Whole milk will give you the richest drink, but you can also use skim or low fat.

Measure and Heat the Milk

Begin by putting the milk in the saucepan. I do not bother with measuring cups. Instead, I just pour it straight into the mug to figure out how much I need. Heat the milk over medium until it starts to get warm.

Combine the Milk and Chocolate

While the milk is heating, chop the chocolate into small pieces. When the milk begins to get warm, add the chocolate. It will begin to melt right there in the pan.

Be sure to leave aside a few pieces of chocolate to garnish the drink at the end. Stir together the milk and chocolate and let it get warm enough, though make sure it does not boil.

Add Sweetener to the Hot Chocolate

If you are using unsweetened chocolate, you will also need to add a sweetener. White sugar is fine, but you can use brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup if you want to add a little extra flavor. Plan to use about one tablespoon per serving.

Whisk the Hot Chocolate and Serve

Before serving, use a whisk to beat the hot chocolate until it is foamy. Now, ladle the chocolate back into the mugs, garnish it with some chocolate pieces, and it is ready to serve and enjoy.

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