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Cooler whether is coming. In some places it seems like winter's already here. Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate is a classic winter drink that can be easily whipped up at any time. It's one of my favorite hot drinks, especially topped with a fluffy dollop of vanilla whipped cream.

One of my favorite recipes for Hot Chocolate is the Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate, made with coconut cream concentrate. It's so unbelievably good that it doesn't even need extra cream! Me being me however, I will almost always add dairy for that extra creamy richness. See the picture below? It has a bit of heavy cream in it, giving it that milk chocolate brown color.

Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate recipe photo

Don't let the strange ingredients list turn you off; this is really amazing stuff. Follow it exactly, and do not skip the nutmeg! Use just a tiny pinch of freshly grated nutmeg and trust me; it does make a difference, for the better. Using the exact amount of water is also important. If you use too little it'll be gritty; too much and it'll be bland.

If you wanted to make this a high energy drink, simply add a couple tablespoons or so to the mug and enjoy before a workout. If you use virgin coconut oil it'll add more of a coconutty taste. The drink itself is not very coconutty, but if you wanted it to have more of a coconut taste, add some coconut extract, more coconut cream concentrate, or the oil.

Hot Chocolate isn't complete without whipped cream though, right?

Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate with whipped cream recipe photo

To make the fluffiest whipped cream, chill your bowl and metal beater(s) in the freezer for at least 10 minutes. Make sure your heavy cream is also well chilled. Pour the desired amount into your chilled bowl and add a bit of vanilla extract and sugar to taste. I never measure when it comes to whipped cream; everything goes by taste. I know, that's extremely helpful, huh? Don't worry though, it's not that hard.

After you have everything measured out, turn the mixer with your frozen beaters on and whip the cream, starting out on a low speed and working up to a higher speed after about 30 seconds, or when the cream looks bubbly. The cream is done when it stands in stiff peaks. Stiff peaks are when the cream stands up without flopping down when you lift the beaters straight out of the bowl. Some cream should cling to the beaters as well. Be careful though to not over-beat the cream; it only takes a few seconds to go from perfect cream to clumpy stuff. It's always best to err on the side of under-beaten cream. If you over do it, add more heavy cream to the mix and beat that in. If however, it's already gotten into the clumpy butter stage, it's hopeless. Just keep mixing until the butter separates from the buttermilk and then you'll have fresh butter. :)

Some people add the vanilla and sugar during the last stages of mixing, when the cream is nearing stiff peaks. I usually don't though; it really doesn't make that big of a difference.

So tell me, what's your favorite hot drink?

Sarah Shilhavy

Photos by Jeremiah Shilhavy

Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate

Put all ingredients except the water into a 12 oz cup. Add water last and stir. Let cool a bit and enjoy!

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Were the ingredients list left off? I can't find it. I also hit the star rating by mistake. Thanks
# Posted By Georgianna | 10/19/09 8:47 PM
Hi Georgianna,
The name of the recipe (Coconut Cream Hot Chocolate) in the second paragraph is hyper linked to the recipe (it's blue). If you clicked on it it'll take you straight to the recipe page.
# Posted By Sarah | 10/19/09 9:30 PM
This looks totally awesome! I love hot chocolate. I mostly make hot cocoa, but this looks awesome! I'll have to try it, especially with that big dollop of whipped topping on top. :)
# Posted By Miss Rachel | 10/21/09 3:40 PM
I just happen to have 2 jars of the coconut cream!! So will make some tonight sans whipped cream tho.

mmm thanks for the recipe
# Posted By Julie | 12/12/09 4:01 PM
I'm having a Hawaiian Luau tomorrow and am having a couple people stay over so tomorrow night, I'll make us some!!! Thank you! :D
# Posted By Cassie | 4/15/11 10:09 PM
This looks so delicious! I'm going to try this as soon as I get some coconut cream.
# Posted By Tara Koeckritz | 6/17/11 9:27 PM
I always love trying new recipes and this looks delicious!
I will make this, this winter and maybe even today!
# Posted By Angie | 11/8/11 12:29 PM
I clicked the link and it didn't work :(
# Posted By Brittany | 2/21/12 4:57 PM
You cannot make whipped "cream" from the coconut cream too? It seems wrong to go through the trouble of making hot chocolate without dairy and then put the whipped cream on top!
# Posted By mbry | 5/23/12 1:36 PM
No, you cannot. CCC is peanut butter-like in consistency.

Unless you've got a dairy sensitivity, I don't see a problem with real whipped cream.
# Posted By Sarah:) | 5/24/12 12:55 AM
You can too make whipped cream from coconut cream - it tastes better, I think. There are recipes out there and it's easy. Let the cc settle overnight in the fridge, then scoop up the hard waxy layer. That's what you beat, along with some sugar. You can use the watery stuff left behind instead of the water in the hot chocolate recipe - makes it thicker. I'm no vegan but dairy farming is terrible for the environment - if you like dirty water, dead fish and global warming this won't matter to you but for me, the odd dairy free recipe is definitely a good thing.
# Posted By Buzz | 6/3/12 1:36 AM
That "coconut cream" is just a more concentrated form of coconut milk (which is mostly water). Again, those are COMPLETELY different products from Coconut Cream Concentrate which is really a spread, not a liquid or milk by any means. But you can definitely make whipped cream from coconut milk.
# Posted By Sarah:) | 6/3/12 12:03 PM
This is the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted! I will be making this every night! It contains all my favorite ingredients from Tropical Traditions and I especially love the addition of fresh grated nutmeg. I highly recommend trying this recipe--it is delicious!
# Posted By Jill | 10/14/12 6:44 PM
...and for the morning--> just replace fresh ground and brewed equal exchange coffee for the water and you have the most delicious coconut mocha!!
# Posted By Jill | 10/18/12 8:32 AM
I doubled the coconut cream, added an extra teaspoon of cocoa powder, lowered the water to 10 oz and added 4 drops of liquid stevia. Otherwise it just tasted like hot water with a dash of cocoa powder to me. I do think coffee would be great with this.
# Posted By Nicole | 11/28/12 9:01 PM
"If you wanted to make this a high energy drink, simply add a couple tablespoons or so to the mug and enjoy before a workout."
What exactly would you add to make it high energy?
Thanks!
# Posted By Deb | 12/3/12 11:21 AM
Deb: Coconut oil.
# Posted By Sarah | 12/4/12 4:51 PM
Delicious! Hit the spot for me tonight as i needed something hot and chocolatety. I did tweak it a bit to my taste by reducing the water and adding more coconut milk and cream
# Posted By Nan | 3/5/13 9:19 PM

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