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Finale Dark Hot Chocolate

Finale Dark Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolates at Finale.

No one knows indulgences like Finale. Combining milk, hot chocolate, Baileys, butterscotch schnapps, and Valrhona chocolate, this drink gives cocoa unexpected maturity. With this beverage, hot chocolate is no longer restricted to a quiet night in.


  • 1/3 Cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 Cup regular milk
  • 2 Ounces favorite dark chocolate


Calories Per Serving682

Folate equivalent (total)17µg4%

Riboflavin (B2)0.3mg20.3%

Rich Dark Hot Chocolate

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This rich dark hot chocolate recipe isn&rsquot for the faint of heart. If you like rich, creamy, dark chocolate, this homemade hot chocolate is for you.

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Recipe Summary

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar, or to taste
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate (such as Moser Roth® 85% Dark Chocolate), or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream, or more to taste
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or more to taste

Heat milk in a saucepan over medium heat until just before boiling, 3 to 4 minutes. Add brown sugar and stir until dissolved, about 1 minute. Stir dark chocolate into milk until melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and stir cream and cinnamon into milk mixture.

For creamier cocoa, use more heavy cream. I also like to put whipped cream at the bottom of the mug and pour the cocoa over it.

Dark, Rich Hot Chocolate - 4 Ways!

Warm up on a cold day with my dark, rich hot chocolate recipe!

This rich and creamy hot chocolate is easy to make, and once you master the basic hot chocolate recipe, you can try one of the fun variations: toasted marshmallow, salted caramel, mocha, and candy cane!

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It has been absolutely freezing here lately, and another storm is rolling in tomorrow. Winter is definitely in the air.

Not surprisingly, all of this trudging around in the snow has me craving a big mug of rich, creamy hot chocolate. Is there any drink more comforting in cold weather than hot cocoa? I don't think so!

I've been working on my dark, rich hot chocolate recipe for a while now. I prefer my hot chocolate rich and chocolatey, but not too sweet (although it's easy to add more sugar, of course!). And as far as I'm concerned, this is the best homemade hot chocolate recipe!

My basic hot cocoa recipe is perfectly delicious plain or topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. I can never resist experimenting with other flavors though, so I came up with four more for you to try!

Each of these variations start with my basic dark, rich hot chocolate recipe and has a special touch to make it unique. I think you'll like all 4 variations on this classic hot chocolate recipe, but I'd love to know your favorite!

How to Make Dark, Rich Hot Chocolate

Skip the packets, because my rich and creamy hot chocolate recipe is so simple to prepare on the stovetop. Once you learn how to make hot chocolate at home, you'll never go back to the pre-packaged stuff!

This homemade hot chocolate recipe serves three . or two if you use big mugs (or don't want to share). It's easy to double or triple this recipe though to serve a crowd.

You start by combining whole milk with unsweetened cocoa powder and a little sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk everything together (it takes a little patience to blend in the cocoa, so don't give up) as you heat it over medium heat.

I don't like my hot chocolate too sweet. If you prefer yours a little sweeter though, simply add an extra tablespoon or two of sugar.

When your cocoa is hot, divide it among three regular-size mugs (or two large mugs). Serve your homemade hot cocoa plain, or top it with whipped cream or marshmallows. So simple, right?

Once you've mastered this rich hot chocolate recipe, make sure to try one of my four variations! ***All of the recipes with measurements are at the end of the post.***

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

I love this fun variation on classic hot chocolate topped with marshmallows! The toasted marshmallows add a slightly smoky flavor and are super delicious.

For this twist on the classic, you'll simply top my basic hot chocolate recipe with toasted marshmallows (try these marshmallows if you are vegetarian or vegan).

You can toast the marshmallows over a gas stove, under a broiler, or over a fire. Be careful not to burn yourself, obviously!

Candy Cane Hot Chocolate

Chocolate and mint are natural companions, especially at the holidays. And if you're feeling naughty, you can replace the mint extract with a shot of peppermint schnaps . chin chin!

This fun twist on my dark, rich hot chocolate recipe is the perfect way to use up leftover candy canes. You'll crush the tops and use the straight parts for stir sticks.

Start by preparing my basic hot chocolate recipe, adding a little extra sugar and mint extract for lots of minty flavor.

Once your cocoa is hot, top it with whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed candy cane pieces. Garnish with the candy cane stir sticks you made or use these Candy Cane Spoons (I'm kind of obsessed with them . so cute!).

Tip: If you want to add schnaps, skip the extract. Then, stir a shot of peppermint schnaps into the hot cocoa before adding your toppings.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

This is salted caramel hot chocolate is my absolute favorite variation! I love the combination of sweet and salty flavors.

Start by preparing my basic hot chocolate recipe. Then, top your mugs of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

Drizzle with caramel sauce (I like to add a lot!) and finish with a sprinkle of coarse salt (I love Maldon Sea Salt).

Mocha Hot Chocolate

Coffee brings out a richness in this hot chocolate recipe. Treat yourself to a cup in the morning for a fun, chocolatey caffeine kick.

For this variation, you'll add a little instant espresso powder to my basic hot chocolate.

To serve, dollop on some whipped cream and shave dark chocolate (I used Lindt Extra Dark) over the top. So good!

Let me know if you try this dark, rich hot chocolate recipe and which of the flavor variations is your fave!

Easy Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

I have a daughter who craves milkshakes in the winter and hot chocolate in the summer. Don't get me wrong, she will drink all of it at any time of year. But she is the reason I am still making milkshakes even though it is snowing outside haha

My children love getting hot cocoa from coffee shops. We don't drink coffee, but we know all the yummy non-coffee drinks from all the coffee shops. Many they are so yummy.

But when you have a family of 5, it gets really pricey. So I started trying to recreate many of them in my own home.

We have created recipes for some of the best coffee shop knock-off recipes like this delicious Caramel Apple Spiced Cider, a scrumptious Vanilla Steamer, Peppermint Hot Cocoa and the best Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

And this easy frozen hot cocoa recipe is equally as delicious! And perfect to make and drink all year long according to my teenager.

Of course, if you prefer, stash this recipe away until the temps warm-up and bring this out for a special treat during the summer instead. It's totally up to you. Either way, this recipe is a keeper and I know you'll love it as much as we do!

Can you freeze homemade hot chocolate?

If you have leftover hot chocolate (I don't actually understand that concept because I happily drink all the hot chocolate) you can definitely freeze it. Simply warm it back up in the microwave if you plan to drink it hot, or put it in the blender to enjoy it cold! You may want to add additional chocolate though to make it a bit more chocolate flavor if you do this.

Can you reheat homemade hot chocolate?

Again, I don't really know what it is like to have left-over hot chocolate, but if you happen to find yourself in this situation, don't worry, you can definitely reheat homemade hot chocolate. Just be careful not to let it boil because you don't want to boil any milk that may be in it. (Even if you used water as the base, often hot chocolate powder has powdered milk in it.)

The microwave can be tricky to reheat it properly without overheating it, so reheating it over the stove is often best.

What is a frozen chocolate?

When someone says frozen chocolate, I definitely think of a frozen hot chocolate drink! This is a delicious, creamy and tasty drink that tastes like the combination of hot cocoa and a milkshake! If made correctly, it can be so incredibly delicious.

Can you put hot chocolate in cold milk?

If you are trying to make chocolate milk or a frozen hot chocolate, you might be wondering if you can just put your hot chocolate mix into cold milk. The answer is, yes and no. For chocolate milk, it just may take an extra-long time to mix completely for the hot chocolate mix to dissolve into the cold milk. If you are making frozen hot chocolate, don't worry because your blender will do this work for you.

Do I have to use heavy whipping cream for this recipe?

No, but whipping cream makes this recipe super creamy and rich. If you prefer you can use milk instead of cream, but cream makes this recipe so luxurious and special.

Is frozen hot chocolate healthy for you?

Nope. This recipe is really not at all healthy. It is definitely a treat drink.

What blender is best for smoothies and milkshakes and this frozen drink recipe?

There are many blenders you can use for making smoothies and milkshakes and frozen drinks, but I personally own the Vitamix 780 and think it is simply the best. I get smooth, consistent results every single time which is exactly what I want for all my drinks! You can buy your own Vitamix 780 HERE. It is my favorite and I know you will love it too!

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How to make homemade dark hot chocolate?

Homemade hot chocolate is soooo easy to make! Normally people do it in a crockpot/slow cooker because it’s even easier that way and it keeps it warm extra long. I personally don’t like to because I like to make smaller batches and sometimes it can burn in the crockpot. If you make your hot chocolate in a sauce pan, you basically just whisk all the ingredients together over medium heat until combined and melted. Then you slowly add in the milk, bring it to a boil and let it simmer a few minutes.


You Will Need: Medium-Size Saucepan, Small Bowl

Note: Recipe can easily be doubled.

Optional Nourishing Add-Ins:

  • Pasture Butter . yes butter! It's absolutely delicious + creamy + rich. I add about 1 tablespoon to mine. I like this + this brand.
  • Grass-fedCollagen . I use this because it's high in protein, dissolves in liquid + does not alter the flavor. It's known for having gut-healing properties + known for strengthening bones + teeth. A win win if you ask me! I add about 2 tablespoons which equals about 10 grams of protein. I love this grass-fed collagen. My family uses it daily.
  • Cinnamon makes a lovely addition too. I love this organic cinnamon that supports the protection of the orangutan. I use about 1/4 teaspoon for the whole batch.
  • Celtic Sea Salt . a little pinch of salt tastes delicious + adds a little bit of savory to the sweet. It also adds a small amount of extra nutrients + minerals. Unrefined sea salt is actually very good for your health . This is my absolute favorite brand. I usually add just a pinch of sea salt . about 1/16 of a teaspoon .
  • Grass-fedGelatin . instead of the collagen. I only use gelatin when I'm not using collagen and when I want a foamy "marshmallowy" top. To get the delicious thick foam on top, place heated hot chocolate in a high-powered blender, add desired amount of gelatin and blend for at least 25 seconds. Pour into cup and enjoy all of that yummy foam. My kids love it this way. I love this brand of grass-fed gelatin. It has the same benefits as the collagen listed above + has a good amount of protein.

Dairy-Free Option: Substitute full-fat coconut milk for the raw milk. I use this BPA free organic coconut milk that has no added guar gum.

Hot Cocoa Bomb

Serving Size: 1 Chocolate Bomb
Calories: 100 Calories


2 Tbsp dry non-dairy creamer

Cocoa Bombs (12 half shells, 6 bombs)

2oz of semi-sweet chocolate

half circle molds- 12 per sheet


Cocoa Mix

Combine all the cocoa mix ingredients (nonfat dry milk, dry non-dairy creamer, cocoa powder, salt, Truvia ® Natural Sweetener) mix thoroughly set aside.

Chocolate Shells

First, make sure you have a half circle chocolate mold on hand.

Add 2oz of semisweet chocolate to a microwavable dish.

Heat for 30 seconds in microwave.

Heat again for 30 seconds.

Stir and repeat heating if not melted or pourable.

Pour the melted chocolate into your half circle chocolate mold.

Rotate the mold in your hand so the melted chocolate covers all of the half circles. Gently tap the molds to remove air bubbles. Remove the excess on the edges with a knife or spatula.

Tip over onto a cooling rack and let extra chocolate drip out.

Right side up, chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Leave the chocolate in the mold for the next few steps.

Chocolate Bomb

Grab your molds filled with chocolate and the cocoa mix you made earlier. Add 1 Tbsp of cocoa mix to each of the half shell chocolate molds.

In a new bowl, melt some semisweet chocolate by heating for 30 second intervals, stirring, and then repeating until the chocolate is melted.

Pour melted chocolate over the top of each half circle mold so that the cocoa mix is sealed inside. Smooth the top of the chocolate on the molds.

Place the molds back in the fridge to chill for 30 more minutes.

Carefully remove the chocolates from the mold.

Using a small amount of melted chocolate, seal two half circles together to make a ball shape.

Cocoa Bomb Drink

Add 1 hot chocolate bomb to your cup.

Pour in the hot water and wait for the hot chocolate bomb to melt/the cocoa mix inside the bomb to pour out.

5 Key Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Tell me, when I say "dark chocolate" what comes to your mind? I hope it's not dark "colored" vs white chocolate darling because we're really going to have problems here…

I am talking of intense dark chocolate, from 70% cacao and above. So no milk chocolate is allowed here, am sorry. Milk Chocolate comes with lots of sugar and saturated fats that you bet are very bad for your health.

The more cacao you have in that chocolate the healthier it is. The best way to choose good chocolate is by avoiding those where the 1st ingredient listed is sugar.

  1. Dark chocolate has been studied to be good in lowering your blood pressure, for your good mood and memory improvements. This kind of chocolate has proved to enhance feelings of calmness and contentment thus reducing depression and anxiety.
  2. This is because dark chocolate contains high amounts of polyphenols. Polyphenols are micronutrients with numerous health benefits.
  3. What about if I told you that you can drink hot dark chocolate to ease inflammation? It sounds outrageous, isn't it?
  4. Cacao powder contains epicatechin and dietary fiber. These are fermented by your gut microbiome to give an end product that has anti-inflammatory properties.
  5. Dark chocolate also enhances Nitric Oxide bioavailability and improves Mitochondria functions.

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Remember, even though these recipes use dark chocolate, you can generally substitute the chocolate type of your choice. Go ahead and use your favorites!

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