Cold winter night. It is that time of the year. Yes, I am talking about exams and deadlines haha. It is the busy moments before the great holiday season. What better ways to brew some hot chocolate to cozy up and run towards the final line? I like to brew my own hot chocolate because I can control the amount of sugar and the type of milk. Today I am making it with regular milk. I have also tried with soymilk, it tastes gorgeous.
This hot chocolate is easy to put together and smells heavenly. You will need:
- 500 ml milk
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 pack of vanilla sugar
- 20 grams of black chocolate (mine had cacao nibs, so the drink has a bite to it)
The first three ingredients are absolutely crucial for cinnamon hot chocolate, you can swap out cinnamon sticks with 1 tsp of cinnamon powder. If you do not have vanilla sugar, you can use 1 tbsp granulated sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract; or just the sugar, no vanilla. The recipe is quite lenient. If you have a sweet tooth, feel free to adjust the amount of sugar.
The instruction is simple: Heat all the ingredients in a pot. After the mixture starts to bubble, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Let the smell of vanilla and cinnamon develop, your room is bound to smell amazing. Serve with whip cream or marshmallow, whichever your heart prefers. Since today is Sinterklaas, I added slagroomijs on top. It is whip cream icecream from the Netherlands. I like the contrast between hot chocolate and icecream. Get creative with your hot chocolate recipe and I wish you all the best with work and have an amazing winter! Finally, happy Sinterklaas!