Candy Bar Hot Chocolate

Typically, we warm up a mug of hot water (or milk when we want to be fancy) and stir in powder from a packet to make our hot chocolate. I’m sorry, but that just won’t do any longer. This recipe will help you take your hot chocolate from bland to grand, using some of your favorite candy bars; Reese’s, Twix, and Almond Joy! These three versions of hot chocolate are easily made from scratch and are perfectly complimented with some homemade whipped cream!

ReesesAwesome and delicious recipes found below. Use at your discretion.

INGREDIENTS:

YIELDS: 4 CUPS
  • 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water (heat in microwave for 90 seconds)
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or half and half)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

**The candy bar ingredients below yield a single 8 oz. serving. If you want to flavor the entire hot chocolate batch a single candy bar flavor, you will have to quadruple the flavoring ingredients.

REESE’S HOT CHOCOLATE:

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • Homemade whipped cream ( Recipe below)
  • Chocolate syrup or butterscotch syrup (to taste)
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups (crumbled or chopped, to garnish)

TWIX HOT CHOCOLATE:

  • 1 tbsp caramel syrup
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • chocolate and caramel syrup (to taste)
  • Twix bars

ALMOND JOY HOT CHOCOLATE:

  • 1 tbsp cream of coconut
  • 1 tsp amaretto syrup (or 1/2 tsp almond extract)
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup (to taste)
  • Toasted coconut flakes (to garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine unsweetened chocolate powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Stir in boiling water. Bring to a slight boil and reduce the heat to low.
  • Let it simmer while whisking constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in milk and let it heat until hot (do NOT bring to a boil)
  • Remove saucepan from heat and add vanilla and cream.
  • Pour in cups and add candy bar flavorings and toppings.
  • Let it cool to drinking temperature and serve

REESE’S:

  • Stir in peanut butter and top with whipped cream, chocolate or butterscotch syrup, and Reese’s peanut butter cup crumbles.

TWIX:

  • Stir in caramel syrup and top with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel syrup, and Twix bars.

ALMOND JOY:

  • Stir in amaretto/ almond extract and cream of coconut, top with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and toasted coconut flakes.

Don’t forget to check out my recipe for Homemade Whipped Cream. It is the perfect compliment to delicious Candy Bar Hot Chocolate!

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