As another cool and rainy day winds toward the end, I want a bit of comfort. One thing that always was welcome at the lair was a pot of hot chocolate. Whilst not making this in gallon batches, I’ll make the effort to generate two passable mugs for myself and the lady of the house.
I will of course add the RogueChef twist of using really good quality chocolates, good quality vanilla extract, and adding a kicker of a good Irish Cream.
Hot chocolate, also known as drinking chocolate, cocoa, and as chocolate tea in Nigeria, is a heated drink consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and usually a sweetener. Hot chocolate may be topped with whipped cream or marshmallows. Hot chocolate made with melted chocolate is sometimes called drinking chocolate, characterized by less sweetness and a thicker consistency.
Hot chocolate is consumed throughout the world and comes in multiple variations, including the spiced chocolate para mesa of Latin America, the very thick cioccolata calda served in Italy and chocolate a la taza served in Spain, and the thinner hot cocoa consumed in the United States. Prepared hot chocolate can be purchased from a range of establishments, including cafeterias, fast food restaurants, coffeehouses and teahouses. Powdered hot chocolate mixes, which can be added to boiling water or hot milk to make the drink at home, are sold at grocery stores and online.
A topping of whipped cream, a marshmallow, or frothed milk and a dusting of the same good quality cocoa powder will accentuate the experiance.
Sensual Hot Chocolate
- 2 cups Milk Whole Fat
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder Good stuff (The San Fran G-People)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 oz Chocolate semi or bittersweet chunks (again the G-People)
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract Good Stuff
- 1/4 cup Irish Cream Liquor or Vodka
- Whipped Cream optional
- Marshmallow optional
- Bring milk, cocoa powder, and sugar to simmer in heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, whisking frequently.
- Add chocolate chunks, whisk until melted, should be smooth
- Add salt, return to a simmer, whisk vigorously
- Remove from heat, add extract and liquor
- Divide into mugs, top and serve
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