Make a comforting cup of herbal hot chocolate as a flavorful and nourishing treat for cold days and nights.
These mugs of sweet, rich liquid can be customized for you own favorite flavors and whatever homegrown dried herbs you happen to have on hand.
These amazing, naturally flavored drinks are the perfect soothing, comforting, and warming cup to grasp on a winter’s night.
Keys to Good Herbal Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate is a super easy thing to make. And honestly making it from scratch is not much more difficult or time consuming than the premade stuff from a box – but oh the flavor is so much better.
Good Quality Chocolate
Start with good quality chocolate, the kind of chocolate you would eat by the bar, not the stuff in the baking aisle, the stuff in the candy aisle / natural foods section of the grocery store.
Milk or Alternative of Choice
The milk can be any of your choice – cow, goat, coconut, almond, rice, etc. etc. Again use something you would drink straight from the glass.
This is not the place to use something like powdered milk that you might not normally enjoy. Something rich and creamy would be incredible, cream or full-fat coconut milk.
Herbal Hot Chocolate is a tiny exercise in homegrown indulgence, use the best you can afford.
While each herb might have particular medicinal or therapeutic qualities in this application, the herbs are used for their individual flavor as a spice rather than as something healing.
The basic recipe is the same, so feel free to use whatever tasty thing you harvested and dried from your garden to customize these cups of herbal hot chocolate. Some ideas include:
- White Chocolate & Lavender
- Milk Chocolate & Anise Hyssop
- Dark Chocolate & Mint (truly mint with any chocolate is incredible)
- White Chocolate & Basil
The recipe below makes two servings but can easily be multiplied to feed a larger crowd, to make a single serving simply cut the ingredient amounts in half.
- 2 Cups Milk
- 3 Ounces Chocolate, roughly chopped
- 2 teaspoons Dried Herb
- Combine dried herbs and milk in a saucepan. Gently warm the milk, just until it begins to steam, no boiling or simmering - just warmed through. Remove from heat and cover with a lid. Allow the herbs to steep in the milk for 10 minutes.
- Strain the herbs from the milk. Place the infused milk back into the saucepan and add chopped chocolate. Heat gently, whisking the chocolate and milk until the chocolate is melted and the drink is hot, but again not boiling (don't scald the milk).
- Serve in a mug topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 12g
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