Yeah, We Got It! Hot Chocolate!

5 Oct

When the Southern California sky looks like this…

I start thinking of warm and cozy things, like a big cup of decadent hot chocolate.

But I’m not talking about some powder that you mix with water. If that satisfies your taste buds, by all means, rip that packet open. But once you try this hot chocolate from scratch, you won’t be able to drink the other stuff without cringing.

Let’s start with the ingredients:
Hot chocolate homemade
1/2 cup sugar
Pinch salt
Dash of cinnamon (optional)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Half & half (optional)

(Just out of curiosity, let’s look at the ingredients of a popular hot cocoa mix: sugar, corn syrup, modified whey, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, calcium carbonate, less than 2% of: salt, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides, artificial flavor, carrageenan. Mmmm, tasty.)

Boil the water. In a separate pan, combine the sugar, salt, a dash of cinnamon and cocoa; add boiling water and stir. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about two minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and continue to stir until hot (do not bring to a boil). Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide into cups and add half & half (as desired) to bring to a drinking temperature. (I added the half & half to my daughter’s but not mine.) This makes about four servings.

I don’t think she liked it.
Homemade hot chocolate from scratch

Neither did I. I just drank three cups’ worth and ruined my appetite for dinner. And am counting the minutes until I can make more.

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