What You Need:
Chocolate. I used Willie's Cacao [£5.29 for 180g]
Sugar to taste
Did you ever catch Willie's Chocolate Factory on Channel 4? I loved it - and I loved him, amazing - and he literally uses his cacao on everything he eats. Sweet or savoury. I usually make this recipe with something like Dairy Milk/Galaxy chocolate and following a version of this Hairy Bikers recipe, however; I thought my first attempt at using some real cacao would be perfect for Hot Chocolate.
For one mug, I used about 45g of the cacao, which is about 1/2 of this block [the pack contains 2]
I love the branding - love it!
I added the cacao to the milk and gently stirred...
...the cacao melts very quickly and turns the mixture a silky, smooth texture
Once melted completely into the milk, check the taste. Initially, I found the chocolate a little bitter, but found just a spoonful of sugar and a 1/4 pint of milk sweetened it enough for me.
If you want the hot chocolate a little warmer, raise the heat whilst still stirring, then pour into your mug.
...and no hot chocolate is complete without a topping of cream and marshmallows!
You can easily make this hot chocolate using your favourite chocolate bar [though I am sure you will then not need the sugar], but this really tastes how hot chocolate should and not at all sugary sweet like I am more used to. As I only have this drink once in a while, I think I might be making the effort to make myself a cup of real hot chocolate - let me know if you have any recipes or tips to share.
[Edit]: Looking at Willie's Twitter, he has made his own hot chocolate at a motorway service station using 40g of Madagascan Black, a jar of hot water and shaking - who knew?! Makes the above all seem completely unnecessary and time consuming! I will try his method and report back next week.