My friend Sharon has three hilarious kids who are older than Toby, so she’s always revealing genius motherhood tips when we hang out, and the most recent was how to make hot chocolate even richer and more delicious by stirring in coconut milk. How brilliant is that? Here’s her secret recipe…

The Best Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Have
By Sharon from NYC Taught Me

I came up with this recipe last winter when my family was craving hot chocolate, but I was running low on milk. I found a couple cans of coconut milk in my pantry left over from Thai recipes I had never attempted. So I threw them in the pot with some milk and chocolate. Turned out amazingly: The coconut milk gave the hot chocolate a rich, smooth, almost exotic flavor. In fact, when I tested it out for this post, my seven-year-old daughter seemed worried. She explained that restaurants will be mad because our hot chocolate is better and no one will ever want to buy theirs. I think that’s just about the best compliment she could have given me.

Recipe: The Best Hot Chocolate You’ll Ever Have

You’ll need:
2 cans 13.5-fl-oz. pure coconut milk
2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 12-oz. bag chocolate chips (2 cups)

Place coconut milk and regular milk in sauce pan on medium high heat for 5 minutes or until steaming. Add vanilla and chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate melts. Enjoy!

(Tip: I use whole milk and full fat coconut milk to keep the hot chocolate rich. Feel free to use the low fat options if you’d like!)

How delicious for a chilly winter day. Thank you, Sharon!

P.S. More best recipes, including chocolate chunk cookies and a salted caramel brownies.

(Recipe by Sharon of NYC Taught Me. Photos by Rachel for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)