Who can resist the familiar aroma of chocolate and vanilla? This white chocolate hot cocoa recipe is one of our all-time favorites because it is so easy to make and you only need three ingredients! In no time at all, you will have a delightful treat on the way to your lips and it's oooh so blissful and creamy.
Not only does this white hot cocoa recipe taste like heaven just arrived, it also looks elegant and dreamy in a minimal or muted color table setting. This white hot cocoa recipe is also perfect for cozying up with for movie night for two, or you can make larger batches for a special treat when you have family and friends over.
Chocolate became super popular at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The Italians and Europeans traded goods for cocoa beans and drinking chocolate became the chic and fashionable thing to do! Especially in France, it didn't take long for chocolate houses to pop up alongside the then popular coffee houses! Just imagine walking down the streets of Paris or London and walking into a brand new chocolate house! Goosebumps!
White chocolate is made from sweetened cocoa butter, so be sure you are getting a really good quality because what companies add to the cocoa butter to make it sweet differs greatly. Look for natural ingredients and stay away from white chocolate that has a long list of ingredients or it will be waxy! Not what you are looking for when you are making this delectable treat.
Guittard is the brand that we recommend. They are known for their high end, creamy white chocolate. If you want the best tasting white chocolate, you definitely get what you pay for with this brand. They offer white chocolate in chip form and blocks. Check their prices and options here on Amazon.
The secret to making the best white chocolate cocoa drinks is to cook it very slowly and gently in a double boiler. Since white chocolate is very delicate, be sure to cut it up into evenly sized pieces so that it melts evenly. If you are ordering the chips, you are good to go since they are already the perfect size for melting.
Serves 2 | Double or triple for a crowd
2 cups of whole fat milk
2 oz of the best white chocolate
1/4 tsp of pure vanilla bean paste
Heat the milk in a double boiler until hot. Add in the white chocolate and stir until melted. Add in the vanilla bean paste and stir all together until the paste is melted in. If you don't have a double boiler, I found some really great ones here on Amazon.
For garnishes, whip up some fresh whipping cream and then use a chocolate shaver to make elegant chocolate shavings for the top. You can also make pretty chocolate filigrees by drawing your desired shape onto wax paper, letting it cool and then adding it to the top like we did. We are getting fancy here!
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