Hot Chocolate!

Hot Chocolate!

I know I am dating myself when I say this but remember the singing group Hot Chocolate?  Didn’t they sing “You sexy thing?”  lol

Well what isn’t sexy about Hot Chocolate?

It’s cold outside but the chocolate is hot.  mmmmmm…

So we are here to share a few of the best hot chocolate recipes we have found.

First is one of our favourites…Jamie Oliver.

Ingredients

  • 2 pints of semi-skimmed milk
  • HOT CHOCOLATE MIX
  • 2 tablespoons Horlicks (I believe this is a malt powder, maybe found in an English store here in Canada)
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 3 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons quality cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 100g quality dark chocolate

Method

  1. Pour the milk into a large pan, and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, add all the chocolate mix ingredients to a large jar, finely grating in the chocolate, then give it a good shake to combine.
  3. You need around 10 heaped tablespoons of the chocolate mix for this amount of milk. Simply spoon the chocolate mix into the hot milk, give it a good whisk and leave to bubble away for a few minutes before serving – you’re looking for that gorgeous, thick, almost claggy, knockout texture.

The Minimalist Baker

I just love this website and was so excited to see that she has a cookbook out now too!  Seriously, if you haven’t tried her recipes, check it out.  Here is her Vegan and gluten free hot chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1.5 Tbsp dairy-free semisweet chocolate (chips or bar, chopped)
  • Sweetener of choice (I prefer 1 Tbsp raw sugar or 1/2 packet powdered stevia)
  • 1/8th tsp peppermint extract (optional)
  • Optional: Coconut whipped cream for topping

Instructions

  1. Add almond milk to a large mug and microwave for 1 minute. Alternatively, add to a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Once milk is warm, add cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener and whisk to combine.
  3. Put back in microwave or continue cooking on stove top until completely combined and has reached your preferred temperature.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed.
  5. Lastly, add in your extract of choice – I think peppermint is truly unbeatable. Stir, and top with coconut whipped cream

Martha Stewart

You can’t forget Martha, especially at Christmas.  She does hot chocolate right!  How about a Peppermint Hot Chocolate?

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (3 ounces)
  • 7 peppermint sticks; 3 crushed (1/4 cup), 4 left whole
  • pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place cocoa in a medium saucepan. Gradually whisk in milk until cocoa has dissolved. Add chocolate chips and crushed peppermint; simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chocolate and peppermint have melted, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Add salt. Ladle into mugs; serve each with a peppermint stick.

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I think I may just try all of these!  We have given you something for everyone.  The traditional hot chocolate, peppermint and a vegan option!

So with all the hustle and bustle of the next week, don’t forget to take a break and have a cup of nice hot chocolate to warm you up and slow you down!

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