This Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe is rich and creamy, and tastes like pudding! It’s dessert in a cup! Enjoy it all season long while entertaining at home for the holidays and beyond. This post is sponsored by Duraflame fire logs, but all content and opinions are mine.
Have you ever indulged in REAL hot chocolate? The kind you make from scratch, that doesn’t come in powder form? I’m here to tell you it will change your whole view of the classic comfort beverage, and it’s SO EASY to make!
This homemade hot chocolate recipe is rich and creamy and delicious. It tastes just like chocolate pudding! It’s so easy to make too; just add your ingredients together and let the stove or slow cooker do the work for you. This is a large batch perfect for entertaining company, but you could half the recipe if you like, for a smaller group. It would be a great idea for serving this Halloween if you’re socializing with friends.
We decided to serve hot chocolate and pie on the patio around the fire pit, using my duraflame® fire logs of course! It makes for a very inviting and relaxing evening during this transitional season. Get the recipe and more details below. See more ideas for entertaining around the fire pit featuring a cranberry cinnamon cocktail or sunset supper party.
As I mentioned, we enjoyed dessert around the fire pit, using our duraflame® Crackleflame® Firelogs. We’ve been fans of these easy-to-use fire logs for a couple of years, and every time we pull them out to use I’m thrilled with the convenience! They light quickly, they burn for about three hours, and it burns 80% cleaner than wood.
Now, let me tell you a few things about this homemade hot chocolate. It’s scrumptious as a hot beverage, but it also tastes great cold! That’s right – if you have some leftover, cover and store it in the refrigerator. It will thicken just slightly, and you can eat it with a spoon or add it to ice cream for a frozen hot chocolate dessert.
This is a terrific drink for entertaining kids and grown ups a like. My family couldn’t stop raving about it. Think about serving it for all the holidays coming up, like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1 pound good quality dark chocolate pieces
- 1/2 gallon half & half
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a large pot and heat on low for up to 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Do NOT put the lid on the pot or it will over heat and boil over.
NOTE: You can also heat over low in a slow cooker, for 2 hours.