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Carmen S
Giving the Gift of Hot Cocoa
December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Yummm, hot cocoa. It's one of those drinks that everyone likes, and it seems super easy to make. Just mix some chocolate with some milk, and you're done. Right? Well, no, not quite. It can be really easy to make hot cocoa, but the odds are good that it won't be exactly what you are looking for. It can be a tricky balance - but I've got the very best recipe for you ever.

It's called Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls, and although I made them for the first time last year, they are one of the few things that I already know I'm making this year. In fact, I gave some as a gift to my brother in law, and he requested that I make them again, especially for him. I was happy to do so, particularly when I realized that I could drop one of these beauties in my morning coffee and have one of the best mochas I'd ever tasted.  

In the top of a double boiler, mix 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips,1 cup heavy cream, and 1 tablespoon sugar (If you want it - I usually don't use it, but it's dependant upon how sweet you like your cooca.)

Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the mixture is combined. It should look very smooth - at first, it will look grainy, but keep melting and keep mixing and it will suddenly become awesome. Let the mixture cool for about 10 minutes at room temperature, and then pour into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill until it is firm and scoopable, about 2-3 hours.

Using an ice cream scoop, form balls out of the mixture. Wrap each individual ball in parchment paper and pop it into the freezer. I used about 3 T. for each ball, but you may have to play around with it until you determine how rich you would like your beverage.

When you are ready to enjoy your hot chocolate, pour one cup of milk into a coffee mug. Add one unwrapped ball and microwave for about 2 minutes. Stir, top with marshmallows or whipped cream and enjoy! You can also add these to hot coffee and stir very well for a delicious mocha.

Last year, I wrapped a dozen of these in parchment, tossed them into a jar, and gave them as Christmas gifts with a side of homemade marshmallows. It's definitely going to be a repeat this year!

What is your favorite way to enjoy hot cocoa?



  • powow65
    by powow65
    December 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM
    cream & milk in it. or if its a cold day & im out-side in the cold... than by all means give me that scolding HOT cocoa!
  • GwenMB
    by GwenMB
    December 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    That sounds really good!  maybe that will be part of my basket for my family Christmas Eve.

  • BabyTeki
    December 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM
    Yum! I always had the powdered swiss miss, but once I had homemade I can't stand the powdered stuff. I was just telling DH I want to try to make my own some cold weekend
  • RobynS
    by RobynS
    December 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Mmmm... I love it with a bit of peppermint (either extract or schnapp's). Also great with Bailey's. Of course, I don't share that version with the kids! LOL

  • RobynS
    by RobynS
    December 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls... just the name makes me swoon!

  • sukainah
    December 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    That sounds really yummy.  I like my hot cocoa with lots of marshmallows!

  • Harris06
    December 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    Oh my goodness, I know what I am making this year!! That is awesome! I can't wait to try this! Thank you!

    BTW, I love my hot cocoa with mashmallows but whipped cream is good, too. :)

  • Harris06
    December 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Me too!

    Quoting RobynS:

    Hot Chocolate Truffle Balls... just the name makes me swoon!

  • Harris06
    December 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I was thinking the same thing. My mom would LOVE these!

    Quoting GwenMB:

    That sounds really good!  maybe that will be part of my basket for my family Christmas Eve.

  • MamaMandee
    December 5, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Ohhh those sound really tasty!! I just usually have mine with warm milk and whipped cream! 

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