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Herbal Hot Chocolate

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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.

A blue tin cup full of hot chocolate decorated with fresh sprigs of mint sitting on a floral and bird covered placemat with text overlay stating: herbal hot chocolate.

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. 

Good quality chocolate that isn’t full of artificial colors or flavors, the flavor of the chocolate comes through, so use the good stuff. You can use white, dark, or milk chocolate.

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.

A blue tin cup full of hot chocolate decorated with fresh sprigs of mint sitting on a floral and bird covered placemat

Herbal Hot Chocolate is a tiny exercise in homegrown indulgence, use the best you can afford.

Herbs

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. 

Homegrown mint in a basket.

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.

Yield: 2 Cups

Herbal Hot Chocolate

Make the most of homegrown dried herbs by mixing up a batch of comforting herbal hot chocolate on a chilly night to comfort the body & soul.

Make the most of homegrown dried herbs by mixing up a batch of comforting herbal hot chocolate on a chilly night to comfort the body & soul.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Milk 
  • 3 Ounces Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Herb

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Serve in a mug topped with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 12g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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Rose Felton

Sunday 18th of October 2020

These are great ideas! I'm not much for having lavender in my drinks, but some of the other herbs sounds great!

Becci

Sunday 13th of October 2019

I never would have thought to do this. Thank you!

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 14th of October 2019

Enjoy!

Tessa Zundel

Saturday 12th of October 2019

White chocolate and lavender?! You're a genius. We are definitely trying that one this Advent season. The reward for sitting still while we read Advent scriptures is that they get hot chocolate. This will up my game!

Emilie

Sunday 6th of October 2019

If I wanted to give this a try to give as gifts (to be cooked by recipient) what would you think would be the best way to package it to give? Herbs and chocolate separate with instructions? Thanks in advance! I love your ideas!

Kathie Lapcevic

Monday 7th of October 2019

I would absolutely do it that way. Put the chocolate and herbs together in a little box or basket with an instruction card. If the person is drinking non-dairy milk you could even include a container of shelf-stable almond / coconut (or other type) milk.

Rebecca

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

I prefer using fresh herbs from my garden - could I use fresh herbs instead of dried?

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

For sure - use fresh when you have them. Simply use 2 Tablespoons of fresh (chop and bruise them in the milk for best flavor) instead of 2 teaspoons of dried.

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