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Quick, Rich Hot Chocolate

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 8-1/2 cups.

Servings: 8

We like to whip up a batch of ganache and keep it in the fridge to make hot chocolate on the fly. But be warned: This is not your Swiss Miss hot cocoa; this version is much richer, not nearly as sweet, and quite a bit thicker. To make 1 cup at a time, heat 1 cup milk and add 1/3 cup ganache and just a touch of salt.

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  • 6 cups whole milk; more as needed
  • 1 recipe Basic Ganache
  • Pinch kosher salt

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on eight servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 420
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 270
  • Fat (g): 30
  • Saturated Fat (g): 18
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9
  • Cholesterol (mg): 60
  • Sodium (mg): 105
  • Carbohydrates (g): 36
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 8


  • In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until simmering. Add the ganache and salt and stir until smooth (the ganache can be either warm or cold). If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more milk. Serve hot in mugs.


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