Polar Express Hot Chocolate

It’s that time of year. Your tree is up, you’ve hopefully started your Christmas shopping, and your Elf on the Shelf is making snow angels in powdered sugar while your kids are sleeping (at least that’s what mine is doing tonight).

This is also the time of year where you subconsciously reevaluate your friendships. You go over your Christmas card list and decide who is in…and who is out. Maybe you haven’t actually talked in years but your bond is still strong. Or are there some people that you think to yourself, “How long are we going to keep doing this?” Do I really need to still send my friend’s cousin’s aunt that I met ten years ago a card?

With everyone tightening their financial belt, it’s time to decide if this relationship is worth a stamp or is it time to cut the tie?

Then there are new friendships made throughout the year to add to the list. And you all know that you keep a handful of extra ones for mid December for when you get a card from someone and realize you’ve totally spaced them. Ahhh!

But it’s also that time of year to make some magic. My kids got so excited when I told them we were making Polar Express Hot Chocolate. Creamy and completely decadent, just the way Polar Express Hot Chocolate should be. Curl up with this and watch some Christmas classics.

My friend Barb sent me these cute mugs a couple of years ago. She’s definitely on my good list.

Frothy and decadent.

Polar Express Hot Chocolate

Yield: Makes about 8 cups

Ingredients

  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (use a quality chocolate like Ghirardelli)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large pot combine all of the ingredients over low heat. Keep mixture over low heat for 30-40 minutes whisking occasionally until chocolate is fully melted and incorporated with the other ingredients. You can add milk here to adjust to your chocolate preference. Give it a good whisking before serving to get it nice and frothy. If you have an immersion blender, that works great here.
  2. Serve immediately or pour into a crockpot and keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. Top with whipped cream, crushed candy canes, or sprinkles.

Notes

slightly adapted from Honey and Fitz

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  1. This looks perfectly decadent!

  2. Sooo glad I made your list:) this looks amazing!!! Im Making!!! Your posts crack me up, inspire me, and leave me wanting more! Please tell me you are making all these witty, raw yet tactful, and true to life posts into a book????

  3. Oh how I love that book and movie! And yes this hot chocolate looks really rich and creamy… just like hot chocolate should be!

  4. WOW this looks amazing. I have never heard of hot chocolate that is so rich and indulgent…might just have to try it :)

  5. Your pictures are beautiful! And I love those mugs! The recipe look outstanding, can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. I want a hot chocolate right now. What ? I’m making a diet … bouououououououhhh !! :(

  7. This was so tasty and super rich. I didn’t use the heavy cream and subbed almond milk for regular milk. Still tasty and rich. My kids and husband said it was the best hot chocolate they’d ever had. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. OMG!!! IT LOOKS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!
    I WILL MAKE THIS YUMMMMMMM…….

  9. Love your cup!!! Where did you get them? By the way I just found your site this morning and have been pinning your recipes like crazy:))) Can’t wait to try them.

  10. I’m in the process of making this now! Super excited to try it! =] One question though. How can I store the rest of it. Can I put it in the fridge and reheat?

  11. Hi Christy, I’ve made this twice since you posted the recipe. Yum! Thanks for your hard work!

  12. That looks delicious!

  13. how much hot chocolate does this make?

  14. Cooking right now!(:
    When I store In Refrigerator how long should I put a cup in the microwave for when I wanna reheat it?