When it comes to wintertime, you really can’t go wrong with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Rich, aromatic, and utterly blissful, it’s the perfect nightcap on a cold winter day – especially when you’re snuggled by the fireplace with a good book and a cozy blanket. But for me, there’s more to this comforting drink than pouring a pack of instant mix in a mug and sticking it in the microwave on high. A good cup of how chocolate requires a little more effort, so this year, go the extra mile and make a cup that’ll melt away your winter blues and leave you pining for more.
3 oz of excellent quality bittersweet chocolate
2 cups of milk
(optional) marshmallows and fun spices like cayenne, cinnamon or salt
A note on hot chocolate vs. how cocoa: While both are delicious, they’re not the same treat. Hot cocoa comes from cocoa powder, and hot chocolate is made with melted real chocolate. The latter is much richer, and I think, more delicious so I’m sharing how to make it with you today. If you’re more of a hot cocoa kind of person, I recommend TCHO Natural Cocoa Powder. It’s super indulgent.
Step 1: Warm your milk in a pot on medium heat. If you’re going to add some spices, do so now. I either like to throw in some cinnamon or a dash of cayenne for a gourmet kick.
Step 2: Add your crushed chocolate (about 1.5 ounces per cup of milk) into hot, but not boiling milk and stir stir stir until it melts.
Want to make sure your winter treat is extra tasty? Opt for at least 70% chocolate, which makes the flavor deep and rich, but not bitter, and use 2% milk. Hot chocolate is no place to skimp. Enjoying yourself in moderation is better than the no-taste low fat stuff. Enjoy!