Hot Chocolate Tablets

This article first appeared in Simply Hers Magazine, in the November/December 2019. If you haven’t picked up a copy of this FREE local publication you’re really missing out! The magazine is ran by a great bunch of women! You can find them in all of your favorite local stores.

Ever since my favorite drinking chocolate mix stopped being made I’ve been on a quest to find a replacement. I had tried all name and number of dry powdered hot chocolate mixes, I even made a few of my own but nothing compared to the creamy texture and rich chocolate flavor of my drinking chocolate. One day I stumbled upon Abuelita’s Mexican hot chocolate drinking tablets in the grocery store and I had finally found what I had been searching for! It got me to thinking about making my own with different flavors and chocolates. I just love it when an idea pans out in real life and I am very excited to share with you my recipe for hot chocolate tablets. I’ve included 4 flavors below but really the combinations are as endless as your palette. These little guys make a wonderful gift for friends and family around the holidays and recipients will love them not to mention they are super quick and easy to make with ingredients and tools you already have!

Special Equipment:

double boiler – If you don’t have one no problem! Simply sit a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan of water. Boom! Instant double boiler.

You will need some sort of mold to pour the melted chocolate mixture into. A muffin tin with cupcake liners yields the perfect size tablet. Silicone molds would work perfectly as well just make sure they hold about much as a muffin cup. An ice cube tray can be used as well for smaller portions.

Mocha

  • 3 TBS instant coffee (or 1 heaping TBS espresso powder)
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a double boiler melt chocolate over medium/low heat, stir in instant coffee and sugar. Pour into prepared molds to the top, then lightly tap pan on the counter to release any air bubbles and allow to harden.

This recipe will yield 3 tablets.

– An entire bag of chips will yield 6 tablets. Simply double the other ingredients if using the whole bag.

To use: Add 4 cups of your favorite milk (works great with alternative milks as well) into a small sauce pan and drop in one tablet. Then warm milk over medium heat and whisk until no chocolate chunks remain, stirring constantly bring mixture to a gentle boil then immediately remove from heat. Some specks of chocolate will still remain giving it a beautiful rustic appearance. Pour into mugs and enjoy! – Tablets can but cut in half or quartered to make smaller batches- Here are some more great flavors to try! (we LOVE the Cinnamon Bun!)

All dolled up and ready for gifting.

White Chocolate Peppermint

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 crushed up candy canes

Cinnamon Bun

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Spicy Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup semisweet chips
  • 1/3 dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper