There is nothing that will pick up cold, damp spirits more than a rich, indulgent cup of hot chocolate while sailing, so I’m posting my fail proof hot chocolate recipe for sailing. On SV Hot Chocolate we know better than most how that warm, rich pudding in a mug is comforting, full of the energy you need when sailing, and just plain delicious! So I thought I would share my tips and tricks for getting that perfect warm mug of hot chocolate while on the move.
First, a few things to consider when making this hot chocolate recipe for sailing.
Prepare your cup of hot chocolate for sailing
Smooth sailing isn’t always possible, and there’s nothing I hate more than clambering into the galley while being thrown all over the place, juggling the gas stove with one hand while trying to hold myself upright and handing boiling hot water. So be prepared. If you’re about to head out into the cold, or you know you have a night sail coming up, spend an extra few minutes making yourself a cuppa (hot chocolate obviously!) and pop it into a flask or two. I love my ‘chilly’s’ flask. It’s made from stainless steel, so it’s lightweight and strong, and really does keep drinks warm forever (well, I haven’t tested forever because who wants to wait that long for a warm drink, but I did leave it for over 12 hours once and it was still deliciously hot.)
If you’re doing a longer passage then making a flask is pointless. But prepping still isn’t. Make sure you have all the ingredients to hand. Use a tupperware pot to mix the dry ingredients together before you set off-but don’t forget to label it!
Make that ‘hot’ chocolate a warm one for me!
Especially if you have kids on board. Boiling drinks on a bumpy ride only lead to one thing-burns. So before you do anything with your hot hot chocolate, make sure you’ve added enough cold water or milk for it to be warm chocolate instead. That way you don’t have to wait for it to cool down either, instant satisfaction!
Hot Chocolate for sailing Ingredients
100g caster sugar
25g cocoa powder
100g 70 per cent dark chocolate (or any chocolate that takes your fancy!)
Milk is optional and will make your cup of hot chocolate that bit more creamy
Add cream and chocolate sauce for real indulgence!
There are a few substitutions you can make to this hot chocolate recipe for sailing if you have access to the ingredients (I won’t judge you for reaching for that jar of ‘options’ either!) I’ve found that other countries don’t have the same array of instant hot chocolate that we have in England, so I use this fail proof recipe with long lasting ingredients that you should be able to find almost anywhere!
Method-How to make this hot chocolate recipe for sailing
Follow my tips above to prep your ingredients. Mix together the cocoa powder and sugar, already measured out.
Break up the chocolate into small chunks, or for a super speedy mug of hot chocolate, pre-grate it and mix with the rest of the ingredients.
In a saucepan bring 500ml water, the sugar and the cocoa powder, (and grated chocolate if you’ve been super organised!) to a simmer for two minutes.
Add the chocolate chunks if you haven’t already and stir until it has melted.
Remember-If you’re serving straight into a mug don’t forget to add some cold water or milk.
Now all that’s left to do is relax and enjoy! You can thank me later!