Homemade Hot Chocolate Blocks {Low Sugar}
This low sugar hot chocolate is rich and flavorful thanks to dark chocolate, cream, and a touch of vanilla. Using high quality dark chocolate results in better flavor so that added sugar can be reduced by 50% compared to the leading packaged hot cocoa mixes. Finish off your mug with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream or a few mini marshmallows for an extra special treat.
Recipe type: Beverages, Dessert
Serves: 25
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 20 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (63 percent cacao)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Whole milk for serving
  • Unsweetened whipped cream or mini marshmallows for serving (optional)
  1. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving the edges about 1 inch above the rim of the pan on two sides so you can pull the chocolate out.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the cream, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Set the bowl over a saucepan filled with simmering water over medium heat, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Cook until the chocolate is melted and shiny, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Refrigerate until fully set, 1½ to 2 hours.
  4. Remove the chocolate block from the refrigerator. Pull the chocolate out of the pan and transfer to a cutting board, then peel off the parchment. Mark the block every 1½ inches and then cut across 5 ways and down 5 ways so you have 25 1½-inch squares. To freeze, wrap each block in plastic wrap then place the blocks in a re-sealable bag and refrigerate for 1 week or freeze for 1 month.
  5. To serve: In a small saucepan, bring ¾ cup of whole milk to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat, about 1 to 2 minutes. Be careful not to scorch the milk. Add the chocolate block and stir until fully melted. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream or mini marshmallows.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 267 Saturated fat: 34% of calories or 15g Carbohydrates: 21g Sugar: 2 teaspoons or 8g Sodium: 105mg Fiber: 5g Protein: 8g
Recipe by Jennifer Tyler Lee at https://www.52newfoods.com/homemade-hot-chocolate-blocks/