A Guide to the Creamiest Hot Chocolate

Hello everyone – how are you doing!?

Although Christmas and New Year have been and gone, I think it’s safe to say that we are still in the midst of Winter. Frosty mornings and blue skies have greeted us most days, and we’ve even been lucky enough to watch white, delicate snowflakes fall, each thickening the quilt of white glistening snow on the ground.

Cosying up by the fire on a Winter’s evening, hands clasped around a warm mug of hot chocolate with your favourite movie on – you can’t beat it, right? As we all know, I have consumed one too many hot chocolates this winter! I’ve recieved a few requests asking me to share some top tips on how I make my hot chocolates! They’re pretty simple tips, but they make all the difference! So, if you’re interested in making the silkiest and creamiest hot chocolate, keep reading!

Tip 1: Use your favourite mug
Sounds overly simple and obvious – but drinks taste so much nicer to me when I am drinking them from my favourite mug! (And to all you bloggers out there, this is a great opportunity to get out the camera and take some pics for your feed) *wink wink*

Tip 2: Warm the chocolate powder with the milk in a pan
If you can, warm the milk AND hot chocolate powder in a pan (on a low heat!) As it gradually warms, the hot chocolate powder and milk combine to create a silky-smooth mixture. This also avoids all chances of the chocolate powder clumping together at bottom of the mug, which often happens when you place the powder in the mug and add the milk afterwards. I also usually stay clear of syrup in hot chocolates as I find it a little too rich – but that’s just a personal preference!

Tip 3: Place the marshmallows UNDERNEATH the cream
After making copious amounts of hot chocolate during my part time job in a café, I learnt to master the art of hot chocolate toppings. If you’re a marshmallow fan, I would recommend always putting the marshmallows underneath the cream on top of the chocolate milk! The marshmallows delicately melt, sweetening the milk and adding a soft, foam-like layer on top. Then, add your whipped cream and you’re good to go! (PS – there’s no such thing as being too generous with whipped cream!)

Tip 4: Use an alternative milk, such as oat milk!
I use oat milk with hot chocolates, as I find this makes the hot chocolate much creamier! Just an additional tip there that you could also try!

Let me know how you get on with these tips and be sure to send me photos of the next hot chocolate you make! I hope these little tips have answered some of your questions and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post!

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Lots of love, Somewhat Perfect xxx

Getting in the Festive Spirit

Hey guys! What’s everybody been up to?

Today’s post will be slightly different, however, I thought now that it’s December time, it’s absolutely necessary! As the dark nights draw in, the cosy fires illuminate our homes with orange glow, and fairy lights intricately embellish Christmas trees, displayed in our windows. Layers of frost coat the ground like perfectly rolled icing as decorated wreaths hang on our front doors. The Christmas spirit is dancing around us, so I thought I would focus today’s post on things to do during the festive season!

  1. Watch a Christmas Film
    Put on your favourite film or find something on the TV guide. Make yourself a warming hot chocolate and enjoy the movie! I absolutely love ‘The Grinch’ – it’s a classic festive film!
  2. Buy a Christmas jumper/pyjamas
    I don’t know about you, but I love treating myself to a Christmassy item of clothing! So many clothing brands sell festive jumpers and pyjamas. They’re super cosy and help you indulge right into the festive spirit!
  3. Get creative with your wrapping
    Once I’ve bought all my gifts for friends and family, I love choosing different wrapper papers and ribbons! Paperchase do lovely wrapping paper, but if you’re also on a budget, ‘The Range’ supply plenty of gift-wrapping choices. I’ve found that finding wrapping paper you love makes the gift-wrapping process so much more exciting and enjoyable.
  4. Baking/Cooking
    I absolutely love baking this time of year. Nothing beats filling the kitchen with the scent gingerbread and mulled wine with some Christmas music playing in the background.
  5. Go on a Winter walk
    Wrap up warm and go on a winter walk with a loved one. Embrace the festive air and grab a hot drink on the way!

So there are a few festive tips to get you in the spirit! I hope you all have a lovely rest of your day, and don’t forget to subscribe if you want to see more content!

Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx