The trick to making the best hot chocolate is using the best chocolate – dark, milk, white, they'll all work. And use good-quality cocoa too – processed cocoa is more mellow than natural cocoa, so pick your favourite. Take care to keep water and alcohol away from the chocolate as you work. The kids will really enjoy making and drinking these: simply heat up a mug of milk and/or cream and stir in the cube until melted.
Chop the chocolate into small even-sized pieces and place into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Bring about 5cm of water in a pan to a simmer, then turn down the heat so the water is below a simmer. Place the chocolate bowl over the warm water and stir as the chocolate melts – slowly, to avoid any lumps forming.
When two-thirds has melted, remove the bowl from the pan and stir until fully melted.
Add the cocoa, brown sugar and salt. Stir until combined.
Once fully combined, scoop into a piping bag, or use a plastic bag and clip off the corner.
Pipe the chocolate into an ice-cube tray, tapping it to ensure the chocolate settles. If the
chocolate starts to get too thick, microwave in a bowl for 30 seconds or so at half power.
Place a wooden stirrer stick into each cube so it stands upright and leave the tray to cool.Store in an airtight container in a cupboard, not in the fridge as chocolate absorbs odours.
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