Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Toast With This!: The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

If you're looking to turn up the cozy factor this holiday season--and beyond, I've got just the thing to warm your insides and leave you smiling from ear to ear: the perfect cup of hot chocolate.  Hot chocolate is one of those drinks that brings out the kid in us all and allows us to indulge in sweet, chocolate-ty goodness with reckless abandon (well, almost). 

Although I've settled for the package mix blended with hot water before, when I'm wanting to really get my hot chocolate fix and enjoy a special indulgence, I start with the best ground chocolate I can find and add in a few special touches.  The yield is sweet, chocolate, creamy decadence in a cup. 

It's the perfect cup of hot chocolate, the perfect indulgence, and worthy of a toast or two!

Happy Sipping!

The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

Single serving measure of your favorite ground chocolate (*Recommended: Ghirardelli or other fine chocolate mix)
1 cup of milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
Marshmallows for garnish (optional)

Add milk and cinnamon stick to a small pot.  Slowly heat milk over a medium heat, allowing the cinnamon to infuse the milk.   As the milk begins to come to a slow boil, reduce the heat and stir in the chocolate, vanilla and sugar.  Stir to thoroughly blend all the ingredients and continue heating for another 1-2 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.

Pour into your favorite mug, garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows and a fresh cinnamon stick.  Enjoy!

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1 comment

  1. Yum! Hot chocolate is one of my favorite winter drinks. Love the twist with using cinnamon.


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