Is there anything more quintessential than campfire smores and hot cocoa after you have parked the RV for the day and are ready to relax? This homemade version of spiked hot cocoa is my favorite adult treat to toast the adventure with my friends as we share laughter around the fire!
There’s something about the richness of homemade hot chocolate that makes it a special treat. Melted dark chocolate bars whisked into milk until it’s a thick combo waiting to be enjoyed. This recipe is just that - rich and sinful - and totally easily made on a camp store or in the RV for an epic brunch or comforting evening cup.
Hot Cocoa From Scratch
Sure, boiling water and pouring it over a packet is easy - and no lie, I am prone to do that whenever I want to hold a hot mug in my hands-on crisp evenings. But, making hot chocolate from scratch isn’t that much harder. And it comes out so much more velvety and thick. It’s truly a once in a while indulgence made from simmering a ratio of milk and heavy cream over low and slowly melting in chocolate.
Now, for this one, we wanted a fancy brunch drink to start the day or one we could hold while roasting marshmallows that was for the adults only.
So, we added rumchata and Kahlua to the mix off heat to make it extra special. If you don’t have those on hand, you could substitute chocolate liqueur and creme de menthe for a fun combo.
Low heat = Success
This is one of those recipes that can be made around the campfire, on the stove in the RV, or over a camp stove. As long as you keep the pan simmering over indirect or low heat, it works perfectly. Getting the pan too hot causes the milk to scald and burn. So, keep an eye on the bubbles, just like making pancakes, and make sure they remain small and around the edges, not a rolling boil.