fancy ass apple cider.. check! fancy ass hot chocolate.. check! ever since i first watched the barefoot contessa make hot chocolate from scratch, i was mesmerized. it looked so thick, so rich & SO chocolately. so yes, you guessed it! this recipe has been inspired & adapted by my favourite, ina garten. this hot chocolate is the real deal! it doesn't compare to the watery, flavourless powdered mixes. BUT be sure to use your favourite, high quality chocolate when you make this. no room for bad chocolate when you are indulging in something this decadent. i topped it with sea salt, because a touch of salt makes everything that much better. i also decided on topping it with a white chocolate whipped cream, because a fancy ass hot chocolate deserves an equally fancy whipped cream.

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for the sea salt hot chocolate

  • 3.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 ounces high quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces high quality milk chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for topping

for the white chocolate whipped cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 ounce white chocolate, melted


  • for the hot chocolate: in a sauce pot over medium heat add milk & cream. simmer until bubbles begin to form at the edges, but do not bring to a boil! remove from heat & add in the dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sugar, vanilla & salt. stir until chocolate has fully melted.
  • for the whipped cream: in a mixing bowl using a whisk, add cream & sugar. whisk until soft peaks are formed. pour in the white chocolate & beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  • to assemble: pour hot chocolate in your favourite mug, top with a generous amount of whipped cream, chocolate shavings & a sprinkle of sea salt.