Rich & Thick Hot Chocolate Recipe

Everyone loves a good cup of hot cocoa. If you know me, you'll know I'm in the midst of having a (not-so-secret) love affair with hot chocolate right now. My Instagram photos are pretty much just hot chocolate mugs and recommendations and oh god I want a hot chocolate again.

Over Christmas, I didn't have much dolla to spend so I treated my family members to nice jars of homemade hot chocolate to enjoy on these cold Winter nights. I thought it would be nice to share the recipe with you, which is adapted from Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food recipe book. This recipe makes a hot chocolate that's rich, thick and altogether delicious! Enjoy! ☕️


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Right so to make a recipe, you of course need ingredients! To make one large-ish jar, you'll need:

  • 200g quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids)
  • 100g quality cocoa powder
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 50g cornflour
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • mini-marshmallows to serve

In terms of equipment, you'll also need a food processor of some kind and a few bowls handy.

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First things first, break the chocolate up into small chunks and chuck it in the food processor. Blitz it in the food processor until it's as fine as it can get. You can see from the photo below that mine didn't end up getting too fine but this is an okay consistency.

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Once you've got it as fine as you can get, pop the rest of the ingredients into a separate bowl and mix the chocolate in. No need to sieve the flour yet, it's better to do this once you've mixed the whole lot in.

Depending on how big your food processor is (mine is only little), put a few tablespoons of your mixture into the bowl and whiz until it's all nicely mixed up. I had a separate bowl for 'processed powder' that was ready to go into the jar and would mix lots at a time - but whatever works best for you is fine! 

Once it's all jumbled together, I always take an extra step to sieve the powder into the jar.  It's quite time consuming but it saves time when it comes to serving the hot chocolate when heated. Otherwise, you can tend to get gooey lumps of chocolate that hasn't really melted so you have to pour it through a sieve traight into the mug - it's messy, believe me.

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Once all sieved (and it'll feel really really fine), spoon the powder into your jar and pop a handful of marshmallows on the top ready for when you have a nice cup of cocoa!

You can shake things up a bit by using flavoured dark chocolate (maybe orange or mint - the ideas are flowing!) or adding cinnamon or even nutmeg into the mixture. 


Let me know if you used this recipe and if it worked for you! 

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Why You Need To Start An Affiliate Program For Your Digital Products

Why You Need To Start An Affiliate Program For Your Digital Products

Market research. Validation. Sales pages. Pricing. Content creation. Beta testers. Bonuses.

Launching a digital product is hard enough as it is without adding affiliates into the mix. Why should you bother? Why add another item to your to-do list and subject yourself to even more emails in your inbox?

Word of mouth is a powerful thing, folks, and working with affiliates and influencers is essentially strategic word of mouth.

Did you know that 92% of consumers trust referrals from people they know? (source) And that word of mouth is the primary factor behind 20% to 50% of all purchasing decisions? (source)

I've seen the power of affiliate marketing work for me, my clients, and my community and I want you to be able to achieve the same successes. For example, when I launched my Ultimate Instagram Hashtag Database, I had affiliates to thank for 53% of the sales! After having an affiliate team for over a year, I now make the same amount from product sales as I do from client services - and I haven't had to launch anything in over 6 months.

In this blog post, you're going to learn:

Phew! Just click on each subject if you want to skip ahead but don't miss out on my FREE checklist to help you take the first steps on your affiliate journey!

5 Rookie Influencer Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

5 Rookie Influencer Marketing Mistakes To Avoid

I have encountered influencer marketing from all angles. I have been on the side of the brand (from very large to very small) working with influencers to promote their products. I have witnessed many a Facebook group post in blogging communities asking for help and advice regarding sponsored opportunities. And I have been approached as an influencer to talk about certain things on my blog.

Though I have had many experiences in influencer marketing, I have noticed that brands and business owners are making the same 5 rookie mistakes over and over again.

We've talked about who influencers are and how they can help your biz - now it's time to talk about what NOT to do! 

Keep reading to get ahead of the game, stand out from the crowd, and wow the influencers you work with! 🙌

Forget The Algorithm: How To Use Instagram To Make Meaningful Connections

Forget The Algorithm: How To Use Instagram To Make Meaningful Connections

Instagram. Oh, Instagram. We've had a bit of a love/hate relationship over the years, but I've started to bring it back to love again. Let me show you how...

Instagram can be a time-sucking black hole of comparison, procrastination, and structured reality. With themes, flat lays, and almost-too-perfect-to-be-real holiday snaps, it’s hard to take a step back and asses the actual benefits of Instagram as a platform for your blog or business.

It’s hard to keep up with - I think we can ALL agree to that 💁🏻 I used to spend more time trying to figure out strategies and understanding the algorithm changes than I did actually posting new content.

"Should I switch to a business account? How many hashtags should I use? Why did this photo I took 30 minutes editing get 40 likes but this spontaneous selfie get 120 likes? What is life?"

These are all questions that I’d not only ask myself, but questions that members of my community would ask me on a regular basis. As a social media strategist at the time, it took a lot of guts to say “I honestly don’t know.”

I can only teach what has worked for me but I don’t work at Instagram or Facebook. I can’t tell you exactly what the algorithm favours; I don’t know for sure if being a business account is the best move; I sure as heck can’t tell you if ‘shadowbanning’ is real or not 😂

I can tell you one thing though and that is: Instagram is exactly what you make of it.

If you want to be surrounded by perfectly curated feeds, do it. If you want to push through all the changes and use Instagram as your primary sales platform, then do it. If you want to use Instagram to make meaningful connections and grow a community, You 👏 Can 👏 Do 👏 It!

I’m going to walk you through how I shifted my focus away from the aesthetic and vanity metrics of Instagram, and towards a focus on building a community and making connections.

Keep reading to learn more!