A Treat and a Memory

I remember when I was a little girl, as soon as the first snowflake floated down from the sky, I would ask my mom to make me her homemade hot chocolate. I would go to the holiday cabinet, pull two Christmas mugs from the shelf, and wait as my mom made our hot chocolate. Each time she would make our hot chocolate, we would find more yummy treats to add to our drink. I have carried on this family tradition with my children, and today we have an entire hot chocolate bar full of mints, candies, cookies, spices, fruits, and liqueurs.

Having hot chocolate was fun but making it together as a family made both a treat and a memory.

  • Author: Kim Nicholson
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings 1x



2 cups of milk; I prefer whole milk

3 ounces of your favorite chocolate;  70% dark chocolate tastes best; I love Ghiradelli dark chocolate


  1. Warm milk to a boil over the stove, and keep stirring and watching so the milk doesn’t burn.

  2. Add chocolate shavings I use a cheese grater to make the shavings.

  3. Generally, 3 ounces of chocolate for every 2 cups of milk works well, but you can add more.

  4. Slowly stir chocolate shavings into simmering milk and whisk until completely dissolved.

  5. Serve with your favorite toppings!


Here are some of our favorite items from our Hot Chocolate Bar:

Graham cracker crumbs

Fresh Whipped Cream

Orange peels

Chocolate shavings

Mini Snicker bar or other favorite chocolate bars

Cinnamon sticks

Coffee granules

White chocolate shavings

Peppermint stick

Nutella on the rim with chopped nuts (we like chopped peanuts the best)

Espresso powder

Gingerbread snap crumbles or small cookies

Spices such as cardamon, ginger, nutmeg, or cayenne

To spike the hot chocolate, we use Irish Cream, Whiskey, Bourbon, Kahlua, Amaretto, a Raspberry liqueur, creme de menthe or Peppermint Schnapps.


Keywords: hot chocolate, memories, winter

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