Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Recipe (Dairy and Gluten Free!) + Giveaway winner

When I was home from school last Christmas, my mom would whip up this homemade hot cocoa  and I fell in love! It's not too sweet, though you could certainly add sweetener to it to fit your mood. I like this recipe because it's semi healthy, and uses ingredients we already have in our kitchen! No need to go buy heavy cream to have good hot cocoa! 


2 Cups of Milk (I used almond milk this time, but I prefer coconut milk for this recipe)
2 Tablespoons Hershey's "special dark" cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons Hershey's "special dark" syrup
Peppermint Oil
optional: Vanilla Extract 

Mix heated milk to cocoa powder and stir. Slowly mix in syrup and stir. Add in peppermint oil to taste. (A little goes a LONG way! I would recommend starting with just two drops!) The vanilla extract is optional, but again, I would just use a splash. 

This recipe is pretty dark, so feel free to adapt it with milk chocolate or add sugar if you don't like dark chocolate.

I topped my cocoa with whipped cream, but if you're keeping it dairy free you can just stick to marshmallows! And I had to finish it off with crushed candy cane bits and a whole candy cane to stir in! 

This dark hot chocolate + a christmas movie (see my Christmas Netflix suggestions here) = a perfect night in my world! 

Also, thank you so much to everyone that entered my one-month blog giveaway celebration! 

I used to generate a winner, and the winner is Joy Henderson! 
I had so much fun doing this giveaway, and plan to do another one when my Facebook page gets 100 likes! Please invite your friends/ anyone you think would enjoy my blog's content to check out my blog and like my Facebook! I would really appreciate it!

Thanks so much for reading! 

5 comments on "Homemade Dark Hot Chocolate Recipe (Dairy and Gluten Free!) + Giveaway winner "
  1. I love anything dark chocolate so I'm going to have to give this a try!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  2. Yummy and this will be great to make with the children, thanks for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the recipe! Will definitely come in handy this Christmas. My hubby looovea choco. :)

    xx Daphne

  4. That shirt is too cute and I LOVE the Free People socks. They look so comfy. :) Off to like your FB page to help you reach your goal!
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns

  5. If almond milk is an ingredient I'm sold! Can't wait to make this!