Step aside sugar-loaded chocolate powder! This easy recipe for decadent hot chocolate (aka hot cocoa) is made of real dark chocolate!
There are some quite busy days behind me and a few more to come! We moved from Illinois to Tennessee and although I unpacked boxes from morning to night there is still some unsorted stuff around that needs to find a new space. So far I like it here. Although, I am a little surprised about the weather! It’s like April in Winter. We arrived with a bit snow then spend a wonderful day with temperatures in the mid 60’s, followed by two days of constant rain and then snow again. One lady at the grocery store told me there is rather no snow at all or tops two days every winter. So that’s it for this year, no more snow until next November… right?
I am living out of boxes while the Christmass time is in full swing and feeling like I am missing out on coziness. I needed something that makes me feel like home again at least for a few moments. Hot chocolate (and chocolate in general) helps in every life situation and makes you equipped to deal with anything life can throw at you. It’s just the truth!
I love to make hot chocolate the way Mr. F and I used to enjoy in Barcelona. The Spanish just got it right. Not too sweet, a good load of real chocolate, creamy and a little thick but not like pudding.
- 475 ml / 2 cups milk, 2 % or whole
- at least 50 g / 2-ounce chocolate (70% is the best) in pieces
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3 teaspoons water
- 1-2 teaspoon sugar or more to taste
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pour the milk into your saucepan with the chocolate, sugar, and cinnamon and stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
- Make a slurry: in a small bowl add the cornstarch and the water and stir until dissolved, pour mixture into the hot chocolate and bring to boil for a few seconds while gently stirring.
- Serve hot and add whipped cream or marshmallows if you like.
★ use flavored chocolate like mint or marzipan but leave out the one with raisins or nuts, you don’t want to chew while drinking chocolate
★ use a mix of milk, semi-sweet, and dark chocolate
★ try a different combination of spices like cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and coriander
★ add some booze like rum, bourbon, whiskey, or amaretto liquor
★ orange flavored chocolate with some Cointreau or Grand Marnier
★ dip in some churros or cookies
★ add a cinnamon stick to the milk (1 stick for 2 mugs, remove before serving)
★ cut a vanilla bean in half and with the tip of a knife scrape out the seeds, add the bean and the seeds to the milk (remove the bean before serving)