When Lindsay P. from Pennsylvania messaged me and explained how she has been feeling, right away I knew what she needed! Hot Chocolate! Lindsay stated that she is anxious and nervous about going back to school now that she’s an adult. She’s taking a Big Leap, and I’m so proud of her! But I do understand how Big Leaps can be scary. I decided to show her (and you!) how making homemade hot chocolate was all she needed to keep her worries and anxiety at bay.
I bet you never thought to make hot chocolate from scratch. Just heat up some water and then add a packet, right? You may think I’m crazy to even suggest making it from scratch. Trust me here, once you try this, you’ll NEVER go back to those packets. This recipe is warm, comforting, delicious, and really, really easy. Plus, I guarantee that you already have all the ingredients you need to make this anxiety reducing drink. So, promise me that if you suddenly find yourself worried or nervous about what lies ahead, take a moment to slow down and make this drink. It will warm you, mind, body, and soul.
In order to get the full relaxation and anxiety reducing benefits of this recipe be sure to chop the chocolate into chunks. Also, when heating the milk, you will want to do this slowly, deliberately. Be sure not to heat it too quickly, you do not want it to burn. The constant whisking motion is unto itself relaxation, and when you have to focus all of your thoughts and energy on slowly mixing your milk and chocolate together, there is no room for worry.
- 4 cups of milk (skim, 2%, or whole, your preference)
- 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Use a whole bar or chips, but be sure to chop into large chunks for easy melting
- 3 teaspoons of powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- Finely chop the chocolate into smallish pieces. The smaller the pieces, the easier it will be to dissolve. Run your knife through them in a deliberate manner to chop away your stresses!
- Place the milk, vanilla, powdered sugar, salt into a thick-bottomed pot on low heat and bring to a low simmer, stirring constantly. Use a whisk here, and whisk slowly and focus on your milk. You don’t want it to boil foam over or, stick to the bottom of the pan
- Once the milk has simmered, add the chocolate and whisk vigorously until the chocolate has melted. If you are adding liquors add them to the chocolate before adding to milk mixture.
- Heat for another 4 minutes, constantly stirring. Add whipped cream or marshmallows