Thursday, 18 October 2012

Hot Chocolate, The Perfect Winter Drink

Next to coffee, hot chocolate, if made right of course, is the best and most uplifting hot drink there is. Especially in winter, with the cold dark nights and the snow outside, nothing is better than a mug of cocoa. Its probably one of the oldest drinks as well, at least I'm certain its older than coffee as coffee was originally eaten. The Mayans reportedly first invented hot chocolate in the early years of 400 AD and by 1400 AD it was a essential part of Aztec culture. It took humans until 900 AD to discover coffee on a similar scale.

Everyone seems to make Hot Chocolate differently. With milk or water, with dark or light cocoa, with cream or marshmallows, or both. There are thousands of recipes. I must admit the best Hot Chocolate I've ever experienced was in New Zealand at a cinema of all places. It was called a Velvet Kiss, and honestly could not think of a better name for it. So today I'll give you my own Velvet Kiss recipe. However I'd love for you to share your own recipes in the comments below.

The Velvet Kiss
(Serves 10)
Recipe may change over time.

3/4 cup of Sugar
1 cup of Cocoa Powder
1 cup of Chocolate Chips
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 gallon of Milk
1/2 tsp of Vanilla
1/4 tsp of Cinnamon
1/2 cup of Cream
(optional) Whipped cream and Marshmallows

1. Place a pan of water on a medium heat and place a non-plastic bowl on top. Add the Chocolate Chips to the bowl and melt while whisking.

2. Add Milk, Vanilla, Cocoa Powder, Salt and Cinnamon and whisk well. Whisking is what will make the Milk frothy, giving it the 'velvet' texture.

3. Add the Cream and continue whisking until it is hot enough. You can then serve it straight away or you can place it is a crock pot if you have one, allowing you to have access to a hot drink all day.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Please feel free to submit your own recipes. But until next time, carry on cooking...

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