Hot chocolate brings back good memories of winters spent on the snow covered Mount Hood, Oregon. Snow covered slopes filled with lots of thrill seeking skiers.
Time flew by when we played in the snow but nature never failed to remind us the cold that created the wintry scene. We would unwillingly huddle into Timberline Lodge to sip pipping hot cups of chocolate and enjoyed the wintry scene around us through the huge wooden framed windows of the lodge.
As chocolate is the only main ingredient for this drink, it is best to choose good dark chocolate and cocoa powder to make it. Good store bought dark chocolate such as Lindt (60 - 70% cocoa) will do the drink justification while marshmallows add a festive touch.
(Yield 250ml cup of beverage)
40g dark chocolate (used Callebaut 70% cocao dark chocolate)
1 tsp/4g cocoa powder (used Valhrona's cocoa powder)
1 - 2 tsp sugar
200ml milk, heated to almost boiling
Steps to hot chocolate:
- Put the dark chocolate, cocoa powder and sugar into a mug or heatproof cup.
- Heat up the milk till almost boiling (do not boil the milk as it may split) and pour it into the mug and let mixture sit for 1 minute (this is to allow the heat from the milk to soften and melt the chocolate). Using a spoon, stir to mix and you got yourself a cup of homemade hot chocolate.
- Top it with marshmallow and enjoy the rich taste of chocolate.
Homemade Mocha Hot Chocolate:
Add 1/2 a teaspoon of instant espresso powder into the mixture and you can enjoy a beverage with an extra shot of caffeine. Yum!
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