A Crafty Catherine Christmas: Jamie O’s Best Hot Chocolate

My friend Meadhbh (whom I used to babysit when she was just an ickle girl – she’s now a tall teenager and I feel so old!) recently introduced me to Jamie Oliver’s Best Hot Chocolate recipe, and what time is more perfect to make it than a cold pre-Christmas week?

This cup has ADORABLE Christmas tree-shaped marshmallows from Marks and Spencers. They’re yummy too.

This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a better way to prepare hot chocolate and it works a charm every time. The only room for error is the temperature of the milk – don’t boil or burn it but be extra careful that it is, in fact, hot.

You will need:

  • Hot chocolate mix (I use Twinings Swiss Chocolate Drink mix)
  • Milk (low-fat/semi-skimmed works best)
  • Marshmallows
  • Sugar to taste
  • A Thermos flask.

There’s 3 basic steps to this amazing hot chocolate:

1. Put the chocolate mix (however much the packet says) and however much sugar you want into your cups, if you want it at all. Put the milk into a saucepan and heat on the hob.

2. When the milk is warm, pour just enough into the cups to cover the hot chocolate mix. Stir it up until the mixture has dissolved completely and then chuck in a handful of marshmallows. Put the remaining milk back on the hob.

3. Just before the milk boils – when it’s hot/simmering – pour it into a Thermos flask and secure the cap tightly. Shake for around a minute. (It’ll get annoying after about twenty seconds, but persist – it’ll be worth it!) When the shaking’s over, the milk will be beautifully frothy and added to the melty marshmallows, it will lead to hot chocolate heaven. Fill the cups, stir well and enjoy!

Tip: do not transfer marshmallows from the bag to your mouth absentmindedly while waiting for the milk to heat up. Adding hot chocolate and more marshmallows to a stomach already lined with them does not a not-sick hot chocolate maker make.

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