Saturday, 4 February 2012

hot chocolate with home-made vanilla sugar

Can anyone resist the temptation of a cup of hot chocolate in cold weather? This blend is my children's favourite and it's so easy to throw everything into a saucepan after school on cold days. I don't melt any chocolate to make this one; I just use organic cocoa powder and home-made vanilla sugar. The taste is sweet and you don't really need to serve it with whipped cream/ice cream. Personally I like my hot chocolate with a stronger chocolate taste, even chilli powder, and of course you can add more cocoa powder or bits of organic dark chocolate to get the desired taste. Or maybe pouring some liquor into the cup will do. wink



  • 1 litre milk (4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • ½ tablespoon home-made vanilla sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, preferably organic
  • optional: pinch of sea salt 


  1. Warm the milk in a saucepan on medium heat
  2. Add the sugar and cocoa powder and salt, if using, and whisk gently until the cocoa powder has dissolved
  3. Bring to an easy boil while you stir and then remove from heat
  4. Serve with or without whipped cream


I posted my version of home-made vanilla sugar in a separate post on this blog but I add it here for convenience. It's very easy to make, you only need organic raw cane sugar and one vanilla pod.

I split the vanilla pod lengthwise with a sharp knife. Then I scrape the seeds out with the knife tip. In a glass jar with a lid, I put organic raw cane sugar, all the seeds from the vanilla pod and the split pod itself. (Store in a closed jar.) You don't have to use all the seeds if you don't want too, in fact you don't need to use any. But I like my version with all the seeds.

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