Easy, creamy, middle-of-the-night Hot Chocolate.

I’m the kind of girl that likes to stay up until 2am just so she can watch the Director’s Commentary on her DVD’s.  It’s kind of like  you are being let in on a secret… The world behind the world they’ve created.  And when you’re up by yourself in the middle of the night, you can just about convince yourself that you’re the only person who has ever been let in on the secret.  It doesn’t matter that it’s there on the DVD for anyone who borrows or buys it to watch.  I’m sure the director is telling these things just to me.
Just like being awake at 2am, when the rest of the world is sleeping.  It’s magical, a world behind a world. It’s so quiet and peaceful and calming.  I’ve guess always been a bit of a night owl, but I’ve never really realised until recently, just how much I like it that way.

And, on a cold winter’s night, there’s nothing I like better than pairing two things I like, with one of my favourite drinks.  Hot Chocolate.
Luckily for a night owl like me, the only thing I need to be worried about at that time of night, is the fact that the chocolate is going straight to my hips.  But not to worry, I’ll work it off tomorrow… right?

So here’s what you’ll need to make yourself an easy, creamy, middle-of-the-night hot chocolate.

Middle-Of-The-Night Hot Chocolate.

Serves 1


Approx 50-75 gms of dark chocolate (or milk chocolate if you prefer)
2/3 of a mug full of milk
Sugar to taste
A scoop of vanilla ice cream


1. Combine chocolate and milk in a small saucepan.  (Put aside a couple of squares of chocolate if you wish to garnish your drink when you’re finished.)

You can add as much or as little chocolate as you like, depending on how chocolate-y you like your drink.  Me, I’d drink just melted chocolate if I could get away with it.  If you are unsure, just add small amounts of chocolate at a time until you find a consistency/level of chocolate-y-ness that you’re happy with.

2. Stir continuously over a low heat until chocolate is melted.
3. Once chocolate is melted, pour the mixture it into your mug, and if necessary, add approx 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of sugar just to take the bitter edge off the dark chocolate.*
4. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of your drink.
5. Sprinkle with remaining chocolate, finely chopped or grated.

*Note: You may find the sugar unnecessary if you are adding ice cream to your hot chocolate.

And there you have it, an easy, creamy hot chocolate with a little bit of something extra special for that midnight movie.


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