Dive into the Season with a Heartwarming Mug of Hot Chocolate

A mug of hot chocolate is the perfect way to welcome the season's cosy ambience as winter descends upon the globe. Not only does winter bring the need for warmth, but it also sets the ideal mood to enjoy this calming drink. The excitement of Christmas has settled in, and with it comes the lovely scent of baked goods and the arrival of freezing temperatures. An everlasting winter favourite, hot chocolate has a long and storied past that begins in ancient Mesoamerican traditions and continues to this day as a much-loved treat around the world. 

The roots of hot chocolate trace back to the Aztecs and Mayans, who enjoyed a frothy, spiced cocoa beverage. Introduced to Europe by Spanish explorers, hot chocolate soon became a luxurious drink enjoyed by royalty. Over time, it evolved, with various cultures adding their own twists, transforming it into the velvety, rich concoction we relish today. From European nobility to the present-day cocoa aficionados, hot chocolate has stood the test of time, transcending borders and centuries. 

Hot Chocolate Recipe 


2 cups whole milk 

1/2 cup heavy cream 

1/4 cup granulated sugar 

200g high-quality dark chocolate, chopped 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 

Pinch of salt 

Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or marshmallows for topping (optional) 

Method: To make the sauce, gently warm the milk and heavy cream in a saucepan on medium heat until it begins to simmer. In the saucepan, you'll want to add the sugar, some chopped dark chocolate, a splash of vanilla extract, and just a pinch of salt. Keep whisking without stopping until the chocolate is fully melted, and the mixture turns into a smooth and velvety consistency. Please keep heating the hot chocolate, making sure it doesn't reach the boiling point. Continue whisking to ensure the mixture remains smooth and consistent. After you've heated it to your desired temperature, go ahead and pour the hot chocolate into some cosy mugs. For an extra special treat, you can add a dollop of whipped cream, some chocolate shavings, or even a few marshmallows on top. 

Enjoying a mug of homemade hot chocolate in the winter not only satisfies your cravings for the velvety smoothness of cocoa, but also brings you face-to-face with a culturally and historically significant practise. Sip this delectable mixture and allow the history of hot chocolate and the enchantment of the season to blend together to create a sensory experience that will warm your body and spirit.