My Halloween Treat: Hershey’s Special Dark Hot Chocolate

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I can hardly believe that Halloween is just a few days away. October has been a whirlwind of a month for me. Luckily all of the our costumes are ready to go, the house has been spooked up, and the cauldron is overflowing with treats for all the little fairies, pirates and ghosts who will stopping by. At last, I can take a little me time and sit out on the screened porch to enjoy some of my favorite things. Sometimes I just need to take a few minutes to enjoy a cup of my favorite hot chocolate recipe and flip through some magazines.

Speaking of magazines… Have you seen the current issue of PEOPLE Magazine with Kelly Clarkson on the cover? She was such a beautiful bride!

Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yesterday afternoon I took a few minutes to sit down, relax and enjoy some Hershey’s Dish Candy and read the last couple issues of PEOPLE Magazine. I’ve been so busy lately, that my magazines have started piling up. Sometimes, I like to indulge with a few Hershey’s Miniatures as an afternoon sweet treat. I like the variety that is offered in the bag, since I never know which candy bar I’m going to be in the mood for. For this particular ‘Me’ time event, I whipped up some decadent and incredibly simple to make Hershey’s Special Dark Hot Chocolate.

Hershey's Special Dark Hot Chocolate

Here’s what you’ll need to make this decadent hot chocolate recipe:

4 cups of milk
10-12 Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Miniatures
dash of pumpkin pie spice

Hershey's Hot Chocolate Recipe

Chop the Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Miniatures into small pieces. The pieces need to be able to dissolve easily in the liquid.

You want the chocolate to look something like this. I am partial to the Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate, but if you prefer the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate it would be just as good. Maybe even a combo of the two?

Hershey's Special Dark Hot Chocolate

Place milk into a pot on medium-low heat, and allow it to come to a simmer. Whisk in a dash of Pumpkin Pie Spice at this time. Whisk once in a while to be sure the milk does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Mom Me Time with Hershey's Special Dark Hot Chocolate

Add the chocolate to the warm milk and whisk until the chocolate is completely melted, heated through, and the hot chocolate is smooth. This will only take a few minutes.

Hot Chocolate

Pour into mugs, grab your favorite magazines and enjoy!

Hot Chocolate Recipe

What do you do with all the extra Hershey’s Miniatures candy bars? I recommend eating a few and setting the rest out for trick-or-treaters.

Hershey's Dish Candy

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How do you like to enjoy a few minutes of ‘Me’ time?

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  1. Okay yum.. that hot chocolate sounds amazing.. and I must make some asap! Love having a few minutes to lounge around and catch up on a great magazine. Some awesome chocolate or a hot beverage never hurt too! ;)

  2. This hot chocolate recipe is an excellent idea and can even substitute for dessert. Thank you!

  3. Many of us are buying both of them anyhow, so to pair them up and get the deal is a win-win!

  4. What a lovely recipe and what a great beverage to sip while reading People’s magazine

  5. In my native country this is how we dink our milk and chocolate. This is the first time I see it here in the US! Awesome!

  6. Oh my! That looks delicious!

  7. Homemade hot chocolate is one of my favorites! We also fold in a dollop of whipping cream to make it extra creamy and rich.

  8. I didn’t know Kelly Clarkson got married – that really was a “secret wedding”. I guess I should subscribe to People so I can keep up with these things. I love your hot chocolate recipe made with real Special Dark chocolate. I bet the Pumpkin Spice makes it taste really good, too. Glad you got to enjoy a little Me Time.

  9. You had me at dark chocolate. As much as I’m not really a fan of hot drinks, I think I might make an exception for this. :)

  10. We always make our own hot chocolate and DARK sounds divine.

  11. This sounds so delicious and rich. I love the idea of adding a dash of spice to it, as I’m sure it really goes well with the dark chocolate flavor. Sounds like a perfect little break!

  12. It is getting chilly here in the evenings, so this hot chocolate recipe with a magazine would be a perfect way to end the day. I may raid my son’s candy stash after Thursday and see if there are any Hershey candy bars I can use to make my own!

  13. I bet that taste heavenly!! I am a huge fan of Hershey’s so I think making it into a cocoa has to be fabulous!!!!!

  14. Sounds like a yummy treat to me!

  15. Dark chocolate is my MUST-HAVE! I can be on a diet and I always allow one piece of Dark chocolate every now and then. It is so good… LOVE your hot chocolate recipe, too… never thought about doing that! Thank you

  16. YuM! Dark Chocolate is my hubby’s favorite! He’ll like this hot chocolate.

  17. Now that’s my kind of treat!!

  18. This sounds perfect for those cool fall nights!

  19. That’s a fantastic way to spend a few minutes decompressing and rejuvenating for the go-go-go times!

  20. A warm cup of hot chocolate is good a any time!! People magazine is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I am a dark chocolate gal and that hot beverage sounds so good, especially since the weather is starting to cool off.

  22. This has to be AMAZING~!! I will have to do this with any leftover Halloween chocolates! Great idea!!

  23. This sounds so good. I would substitute milk chocolate though since it is my favorite. :)

  24. I don’t like dark chocolate, but I’d like to make this with milk chocolate.

  25. Sounds like a perfect morning to me!

  26. 2 of my guiltiest pleasures. People mag and chocolate.

  27. Okay, that sounds like such a creamy, rich hot chocolate. Yum!

  28. This looks sooo good. I have been drinking hot chocolate the last few days and I am hooked.

  29. This looks delicious and so rich! What a great treat to sit down and enjoy!

  30. Tami Vollenweider says:

    Adding that dark chocolate to the cocoa has to really kick it up a notch! I think I would add a few marshmallows to make creamy!!

  31. See that? That was the picture of how I’d love to spend ten minutes :)

  32. I never thought to add real chocolate to my hot cocoa. I love Hershey’s dark chocolate so I am definitely gonna give this recipe a try.

  33. My hubby would LOVE this, he’s a big dark chocolate fan!

  34. What a beautiful post – with the photos and words you used to create images in my mind. Coincidentally (or not), I just picked up a bag of the miniatures on half price rack last night. And it’s cold today….see where my thought are going? :)

  35. You shouldn’t do this to me first thing in the morning LOL! Now I want some hot chocolate ;)

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