I’ve always liked hot chocolate but it was only after my time in the Netherlands that grew extremely fond of it. There, they don’t serve that watery fake stuff. No, even in the shopping mall cafeterias, you get rich, creamy cocoa that warms you all the way through on wet winter afternoons. The chill factor of that ice cold Arctic wind that feels like needles on your face there is no joke!
Coming back to the States, I couldn’t just go back to that instant flavored water stuff any more. Fortunately, I didn’t have to. The local asian supermarket actually sells real Droste cocoa powder imported from the Netherlands. Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony so we always find it among those food stuffs.
Authentic Dutch Cocoa Hot Chocolate Recipe
My husband has be come an expert at making our favorite cold-weather beverage and has taught our daughter to do the same. Here’s a hot chocolate recipe for you to taste this the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
- 8 oz Milk
- 2 Tbsp Droste cocoa
- 1 Tbsp Sugar (more can be added if you like it on the sweeter side)
- In a mug, add the cocoa and just enough milk to cover it.
- Stir until a smooth paste is formed.
- Add the rest of the milk and stir until mixed.
- Place in microwave at full power for one minute.
- Remove, add sugar, and stir. Return to microwave for an additional minute. While heating, watch the cup carefully and stop the time if the hot chocolate begins to boil over.
- Stir again and serve.
Optional: Add miniature marshmallows.
It is possible to make this over the stove and is the more traditional way, but who has time for that?! I would only suggest doing this over the stove if you have several cups of hot chocolate to make. In which case, the stove would ensure everyone gets their drink hot and at the same time. Again, be careful to not overcook the beverage as unwanted solid pieces of burnt milk will form.
Got Milk? – Building for the Future
Milk has such a positive effect on our kids and this is a great hot chocolate recipe to get them to drink it. Got Milk? wants to remind families how important it is to give kids a good start. Drinking more milk helps do that by helping them to develop stronger bones among other benefits.
So while we can only visit the Netherlands every so many years, we can reminisce about our time there with every cup of cocoa.
Do you have any memories tied to a favorite recipe with milk?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ‘Got Milk?’ through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about ‘Got Milk?’, all opinions are my own.