Most Southerners I know have a special place in their heart for all things Red Velvet, especially around the holidays. This week, I’m making miniature Red Velvet Cakes, last week we made Red Velvet Cookies, and today I’m sharing my recipe for Red Velvet Hot Chocolate!
This is an old fashioned hot chocolate recipe, the kind you make on the stovetop, that will ruin you for store bought mixes. This is what I grew up with: Rich, Creamy, and Chocolate as the day is long. Add a little of that food coloring the stores sell out of this time of year and you’ve got an instant classic! Let’s get on in the kitchen…
To make the base, you’ll need: Milk, Sugar, Cocoa Powder.
Vanilla is optional but I include it when I think about it.
You’ll also need two tablespoons of this. Yup, tablespoons.
Shoot, that ain’t nothing. You should see the amount of this stuff we go through in the month of December alone. Just in the past two years Wal Mart has doubled the price of it and I’m pretty sure that price increase was their primary strategy to fund their company retirement plan – globally. Smart move, wally world. You got it and you know we’re gonna get it!
We should start making our own at home. Southern women setting up red food dye stills out in the woods and such. Black market food coloring….
Y’all, I’m just kidding!
(I’ll be on the corner this weekend. Cash only)
But enough about my side gig, now back to the hot chocolate!
In medium saucepan, stir together sugar and cocoa powder, then add ½ cup milk.
Stir constantly over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
Did you catch that “stir constantly” part?
Add milk and food coloring, reduce heat to low, continuing to stir just until the milk is good and warm; do not boil.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla if desired.
Ooooh look how pretty this is! And did you catch how quick it came together, even though it was made from scratch?
Serve hot, with marshmallows (or without, look at you being a rebel!).
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 + ½ cups whole milk*
- 2 Tablespoons red liquid food coloring
- ½ teaspoon vanilla, optional
- In medium saucepan, stir together sugar and cocoa powder, then add ½ cup milk. Stir CONSTANTLY over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook, continuing the constant stirring, for about two minutes. *Do not stop stirring or it will scorch.
- Add remaining milk and food coloring. Reduce heat to medium low and continue the constant stirring just until milk is to desired temperature - do not boil.
- Remove from heat and add vanilla, if desired. Serve hot and enjoy!