Baileys Hot Chocolate is such a simple but decadent treat to enjoy over the festive period. I was pretty late to the party when it comes to Baileys Hot Chocolate. It wasn’t until my mum and I went to the Edinburgh Christmas markets last year that I had my first one, but it was delicious. I went on to have… I don’t even know how many more and bought a bottle of Baileys the next day to recreate them at home.
What You Need:
Hot Chocolate Powder
Marshmallows, Whipped Cream & Chocolate (Optional)
Hot chocolate powder is personal preference, but I always reach for one from my Whittard of Chelsea collection. They are the best hot chocolates I have ever tasted, they feel so indulgent and there is such a huge variety. I usually prefer using a hot chocolate with no added flavourings for Baileys hot chocolates, but I have to say the Whittard of Chelsea rocky road hot chocolate makes amazing Baileys hot choc!
Pour your milk into a microwavable jug and heat it in the micro. I usually put it in for about 2 minutes 30-3 minutes. Just be careful the milk doesn’t bubble over and cause a mess… I’m speaking from experience!
Once the milk is heated I put 3 heaped teaspoons of my hot chocolate powder into the milk (as per instructions, check whichever hot chocolate powder you’re using!) and use a hand whisk to mix the powder. Any time I just use a teaspoon to stir, I’m left with lumps of powder and a collection at the bottom of my mug which isn’t very nice. Once it’s all mixed together I add a shot of Baileys. 25ml, 35ml… Even more? It’s completely up to you! I tend to go for 25ml so it’s not too sweet or too strong, I do actually want to be able to drink it.
I add a few big marshmallows, or a handful of mini marshmallows to the bottom of a mug and pour the hot chocolate from the jug over the top. I find that adding them before the hot chocolate makes them go really nice and gooey which I love. To top it all off I add (too much) whipped cream. I mean, is it really a hot chocolate without whipped cream and marshmallows?
Recently, thanks to Ian, I have discovered Lidl chocolate stirrers so I have been grating some chocolate over the top and letting the stirrer melt in the hot chocolate which just tastes incredible! Of course, optional but I really do think it’s a must.
So, there you have it… A perfect, cosy festive treat! Perfect for nights in watching Christmas films or accompanying any last minute wrapping you have to do!
I picked up the mug from The Range for £3.49 especially for this post but I will definitely be using it again and again!