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Hot chocolate station

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
  • Easy
  • Serves 4 - 8

Create a hot chocolate station for a movie night, children’s party or family New Year’s Eve get-together. Include plenty of sweet treats for toppings

  • Gluten-free
Nutrition: Per serving (8)
NutrientUnit
kcal408
fat32g
saturates19g
carbs22g
sugars19g
fibre3g
protein8g
salt0.2g
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Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 5 tbsp cocoa, plus a little for dusting
  • 50g light brown soft sugar
  • 150g dark chocolate, finely chopped

For the toppings (to serve)

  • whipped cream or squirty cream
  • chocolate shaving or buttons
  • mini marshmallows
  • mini choc chip cookies
  • festive sprinkles
  • ground cinnamon, for dusting
  • candy canes

Method

  • STEP 1

    Put the milk, cream, cocoa, sugar and dark chocolate in a large saucepan. Heat gently for 5-10 mins, stirring continuously until the chocolate has melted and looks smooth. You can now keep the pan warm over a low heat for up to 1 hr (stir it regularly), or ideally transfer to a large slow cooker set to low and keep warm throughout the party.

  • STEP 2

    Make your hot chocolate station by transferring the toppings to bowls or jars and arranging them close to your hot chocolate pan. Put out plenty of mugs, spoons and mini tongs or scoops for sprinkling on the toppings. Let your guests create their own customised mugs of hot chocolate, then tuck in with the Christmas tunes playing.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2021

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