The best things in life tend to be the simplest. Think about it – people love either waking up with a hot cup of coffee, cuddly blanket, and good book; or they enjoy staying up with a decent glass of wine, good movie, and maybe some popcorn. This sums up the idea of “Hygge’. To take comfort in the simple things in life. To be leisurely.
Now as a nanny, wife, and woman raised in the midwest of USA – I can safely state that taking time to enjoy something simple is necessary. I can also say that the simplest form of comfort comes in anything chocolate. Which is why you need to learn to make this Hot Cocoa recipe.
- Favorite brand of hot cocoa (dark chocolate is preferred but it should be unflavored)
- If you don’t have Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix then I recommend finding some cocoa powder.
- Any flavor of extract (I prefer Almond or Vanilla)
- Coffee Creamer (I like Coffee Mate because it doesn’t have any Milk – which is great if you are lactose intolerant/vegan like me)
- Hot Water or Hot Milk (Again I prefer Almond Milk)
- Cinnamon or Nutmeg (Depends on what you want it to taste like – you could also use pumpkin spice if you want)
- Whisk or Fork for stirring (important that it be something with tongs because it mixes better and doesn’t leave clumps in the Hot Cocoa)
- Start heating water or milk to desired heat (Approximately 1.5 cups)
- In desired mug, mix 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon/Nutmeg/PumpkinSpice, 1/5 – 1Teaspoon extract, and as much coffee creamer as desired.
- Add 1 Tablespoon (approximately) Cocoa Powder, Mix well with Whisk or Fork
- Add 1/5 Milk or Water to mug and continue to mix well
- Add Hot Chocolate Mix to mug and mix well
- Finish Adding Milk/Water and Mix well
You may add whipped cream or marshmallows if you want, but I find it’s about perfect and doesn’t really need the added sugar. Sit down with a good movie or book, Fuzzy Blanket, and enjoy.