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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Best (Coconut!) Hot Chocolate You'll Ever Have

My friend Sharon has three hilarious kids who are older than Toby, so she's always revealing genius motherhood tips when we hang out, and the most recent was how to make hot chocolate even richer and more delicious by stirring in coconut milk. How brilliant is that? Here's her secret recipe...

The Best Hot Chocolate You'll Ever Have
By Sharon from NYC Taught Me


I came up with this recipe last winter when my family was craving hot chocolate, but I was running low on milk. I found a couple cans of coconut milk in my pantry left over from Thai recipes I had never attempted. So I threw them in the pot with some milk and chocolate. Turned out amazingly: The coconut milk gave the hot chocolate a rich, smooth, almost exotic flavor. In fact, when I tested it out for this post, my seven-year-old daughter seemed worried. She explained that restaurants will be mad because our hot chocolate is better and no one will ever want to buy theirs. I think that’s just about the best compliment she could have given me.

Recipe: The Best Hot Chocolate You'll Ever Have

You'll need:
2 cans 13.5-fl-oz. pure coconut milk
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 12-oz. bag chocolate chips (2 cups)

Place coconut milk and regular milk in sauce pan on medium high heat for 5 minutes or until steaming. Add vanilla and chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate melts. Enjoy!

(Tip: I use whole milk and full fat coconut milk to keep the hot chocolate rich. Feel free to use the low fat options if you'd like!)
How delicious for a chilly winter day. Thank you, Sharon!

P.S. More best recipes, including chocolate chunk cookies and a salted caramel brownies.

(Recipe by Sharon of NYC Taught Me. Photos by Rachel for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

74 comments:

Everyday I'm Trufflin' said...

That looks delicious, and perfect for the weather we've been having down here in the south!

kate said...

That looks amazing! Gotta love tips from friends!
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tragicsandwich said...

Yum! I really need to buy coconut milk--I keep finding recipes I want to try, like this one!

zenpresence.com said...

Sounds great. I'm going to use dark chocolate. Both coconut milk and dark chocolate are very healthy.

Dan @ ZenPresence . com

simone said...

This looks so good....and would you believe that I have all the ingredients?!

Think I might try it tonight, London is definitely cold enough right now!!

Sarah said...

This looks amazing! I have to try it! xxx

Kara Workman said...

yummmmmmmmmmm i never thought about melting in full chocolate chips before! what perfect timing, it's supposed to snow in Virginia tomorrow!

xx, kara

VintageDanielle said...

Sounds delish. Have you tried Silk's dark chocolate almond milk? I got some last night and it is heavenly good!!

samantha hahn said...

Love Sharon. Love hot chocolate. Love Ella's brain.

Erica Ladd said...

This is brilliant. You had me at coconut!

Sasha said...

I love coconut milk hot chocolate! I usually make it with just coconut milk, but I will try combining it with dairy milk as well (or perhaps almond milk . . . so many possibilities).

VanessaLin said...

What kind of chocolate chips?

Amanda Joy said...

Yum! I could so use a cup of that right now with all the snow here!

xx
Amanda
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MrsLittleJeans said...

I enjoyed this only by reading...trying to lose a few pounds and this cannot be on my menu but you do have the best friends and best recipes : )

Elisabeth said...

This sounds really tasty! I usually make my hot cocoa with vanilla soy milk and it is a million times better than with milk :-)

Leanne said...

This looks soooo good! Can't wait to try :) Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer P. said...

Man alive, that sounds fantastic! And on a crummy day like today in NY, it sounds especially necessary. I love how coconut milk makes everything a little fancier, yet it's one of those staples that's always hanging out in my cabinet.

emi said...

okay.. YUM! need to make this! you have the cutest blog!!!
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drew elizabeth said...

What a wonderful twist to the typical Hot Chocolate!

Heba said...

sounds perfect!

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Julie said...

Amazing! This looks delicious and is totally paleo! Thanks, Joanna.

wmbg. said...

wow. yummy.

katescookies said...

A must try!!
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Amy said...

Just checked my pantry and I have exactly enough of everything to make half a batch! Will be the perfect amount for the two of us :)

Lauren Johnson said...

I always mix my store bought hot chocolate packets with coconut milk, but now I'm inspired to whip up some from scratch. I have a feeling it's going to taste 10x better!

monamiblog.com said...

I've made the chocolate chunk cookies and salted caramel brownies both twice now! Loved them both (the cookies are quite possibly truly the best I ever had) and love this series. Will have to try this hot chocolate too :)

eileen ragan | leanerbythelake.com said...

AGREE on the coconut! i don't have hot chocolate that often, but when i do, i go for a mix of unsweetened almond milk and unsweetened coconut milk. i highly suggest the combo! makes for a lovely non-dairy winter beverage.

coconut is seriously the most awesome thing ever. coconut oil for cooking, shredded coconut in smoothies and with granola, coconut milk instead of dairy milk. so many great uses.

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bendancin said...

You mean you don't just put some powder in hot water...I have been doing it all wrong :)

Ellen said...

I agree on the coconut milk! In fact, my daughter has a dairy allergy and I make our hot chocolate with only coconut milk. It is almost too rich, but delicious. I think next time I will thin it out a bit ith rice milk (no almond because we also have a nut allergy... boo!).

Joanna Goddard said...

bendancin, i was the same way. although secretly i love the little powder clumps, haha.

Joanna Goddard said...

amy, it's a sign!

Joanna Goddard said...

VintageDanielle, no, but it sounds delicious. might pick some up at the grocery store tonight!

Cathi said...

I love hot chocolate coconut milk, but am dairy free so no regular milk for me. I also use vanilla coconut milk for my cappuccinos and it is delicious!

Natalie said...

Looks so delicious! I love anything coconut!

simone said...

Just tried this Jo...it's evening here in London, it's absolutely delicious!! Am almost hoping my children don't notice I've made it, I want it all ;)

Thanks for the recommendation :)

Lejla said...

That looks very nice for a cold and rainy January day, like the one today. Thanks.

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GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Delicious and easy. We have a similar recipe. LOVE IT!
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Heather said...

Looks delicious! Can't wait to try it.

Alisha said...

This is genius! I love coconut!

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Anthony said...

Looks delicious!

Madysen said...

Have you ever tried Nutella hot chocolate? All you do is heat the milk and add the desired amount of nutella and stir til combined. It's horribly addicting. This makes me wonder if combining the two would be good, bad, or just plain dangerous?

Madysen
http://midwestmisplant.blogspot.com/

Bridget said...

I have one word for you: cocomotion. Seriously, the best hot chocolate maker ever...it's an electric stir plate that will mix the cocoa and bring it to the perfect drinking temperature. It's worth every penny.

alovelystateofmind said...

oh my that looks delicious!

Lizzy Lizano said...

Omg! I wouldnt even have imagined!!! You just blew my mind ;)
- Lizzy
http://www.lizzylizano.blogspot.com

Elizabeth @allthatisbeautiful said...

Oh my this is taking hot chocolate to 11!!!!

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naivecookcooks.com said...

very different :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Never thought to make it with coconut milk, brilliant!

emily said...

Oh my goodness this looks divine! My boyfriend has been tinkering with hot chocolate lately too (he won't let us buy the powdered variety) and in his latest version he added fresh mint. I will have to tell him about using coconut milk.

-Emily

S Beddoe said...

Wow... that cup looks just heavenly. I'm dairy-free, so I may try substituting 2 cups almond milk for the regular milk. I think the results will be pretty tasty... Dark Chocolate Coconut Almond Milk. HELLO!

Natalie said...

This sounds ABSOLUTELY amazing! Must try! (and what an adorable comment from your daughter!)

HaleyPants said...

This looks amazing! I recently made some almond hot chocolate and had thought about using coconut milk in the recipe, but wasn't sure how it would turn out. Now I think I'm going to have to give that a whirl!

jendanz said...

This sounds delicious! I love coconut and and chocolate so this is a MUST TRY!

sophinewman.com said...

I love Sharon! And her kids, they are so sassy/goofy/adorable. This looks tasty, I'll have to give it a try :)

nisprihtime said...

Going to try this tonight for sure. Cold weather must-have!

Emma Meek said...

Oh goodness - this looks delicious! :)

Dani said...

I need to try this.

Donna Richardson said...

YUM! Gotta try this . . .

Vera said...

Really great inspiration! I just made this with soy milk and melted dark chocolate, agave syrup and coriander powder for a healthier alternative. Half I had hot and for the rest I added some agar-agar to get an unbelievable delicious pudding :D

Hena Tayeb said...

I just made that two nights ago.. divine.

LauraMeMiller said...

Wow! I am so intrigued. First time I've ever heard of using coconut milk in hot chocolate. It sounds wonderful and I'm so curious, I have to try it! :D

LauraMeMiller said...

Wow! I am so intrigued. First time I've ever heard of using coconut milk in hot chocolate. It sounds wonderful and I'm so curious, I have to try it! :D

Emily said...

For anyone who loves hot chocolate a Cocomotion is so great. It heats everything, mixes everything, and you never have to worry about it burning like on the stove. Just dump all the ingredients in, push the button, and off it goes to the perfect temperature. I LOVE mine!

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cody said...

Tastes really good pliage simple serviette

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This best coconut hot chocolate is so easy that you can't get enough of other chocolate recipes to make.

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just made this (with water instead of whole milk) and it's delicious!

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