Is It Okay to Say My Hot Chocolate Is Dank?

...Open for discussion.

I recently made Flourless Chocolate Cake, and one of the ingredients I'd needed for it was unsweetened cocoa. Now, as soon as it's cold out I'm a huge hot chocolate fan (half because of the whipped cream half because chocolate let's be honest), but I usually reach for the delicious, nutritious (um, maybe?) Trader Joe's sipping chocolate. It is seriously "dat good dat good" - I think Wiz Khalifa would agree.

Anywho, now that I have some nice unsweetened hot cocoa I thought I'd go all out and make some homemade hot chocolate. It only felt appropriate to make this a play on my favorite non-alcoholic beverage - a latte - so I used my stovetop espresso maker and some Peet's grounds to make a little faux-spresso. Feel free to add/subtract whatever you want but you should really only be adding to this bad boy.

Serves: As many as you want bud! I made for myself so just multiply by your friends (imaginary or otherwise)

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Minimum 1 cup (really whatever will fit in your biggest mug) milk - 2% or whole or go home. Seriously.
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (I had regular Hershey's but you could go anywhere g-free it's your world)
  • 1/2 tablespoon specialty hot chocolate mix you have around (again, g-free but that's your only limit! I used TJ's Sipping Chocolate)
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • An appropriate amount of ground coffee for someone your age/size/level of exhaustion
  • Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, chocolate syrup, whatever you want you're an adult!


  1. Start brewing that espresso! If you have a stovetop espresso maker add your poison and start brewing! Regular coffee machine? Knock yourself out! Keurig? Go ahead! True espresso maker? Be my friend?!
  2. In a pot appropriate to the amount of milk you're working with, turn your stove on medium. Stir milk occasionally.
  3. Once the milk is piping hot but not bubbling, stir in next five ingredients. Whisk thoroughly.
  4. Add espresso/coffee/oh you fancy huh to mugs.
  5. Pour hot chocolate mix over caffeinated selection in mug.
  6. Smother in whipped cream and additional toppings.
  7. Pull up an old Downton Abbey and feel sad that there's only one season left. But isn't that better than the show going off the rails? I guess so. But MARY.

What am I missing? Let me know if you can Pimp My Hot Chocolate even further!