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Decadent Hot Chocolate

Posted on October 30, 2015 by in Appetizers + Snacks, Desserts + Baking | 0 comments

Homemade Hot Chocolate

This year, I celebrated National Chocolate Day with this heavenly cup of super rich and indulgent dark hot chocolate topped with a little coconut cream, cinnamon and extra dark chocolate shavings! This recipe is dairy free, but can easily be adapted for dairy lovers and those that prefer creamy milk chocolate over that of rich dark chocolate! Either way, you will win with this decadent and cozy recipe!

Prep Time: 10 minutes      Cook Time: 5 minutes      Total Time: 15 minutes      Serves: 2 medium size mugs

INGREDIENTS

Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups almond, coconut, or regular milk
  • 2 oz dark unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup granulated or confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or mint extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Coconut Cream Whip Topping

  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp granulated or confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Hot Chocolate

  • In a small saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-low heat. Add chocolate, sugar, vanilla and salt. Whisk until chocolate starts to melt into the milk. Continue to whisk until mixture is well blended and the hot chocolate is smooth and creamy.
  • At this stage you can add a pinch of cinnamon and/or cayenne pepper. Pour hot chocolate into your favourite two mugs and garnish with any combination of the following: coconut cream, whipped cream, extra cinnamon, extra cayenne pepper, mint extract, and marshmallows. Enjoy!

Coconut Cream

  • Open a can of whole-fat coconut milk.  Make sure not to shake or disturb the can while you are opening it.  Spoon off the top thick creamy layer, which should measure approximately 1/3 cup, and add the cream to a small glass or metal bowl.  Place bowl in the freezer for 5 minutes or until coconut cream becomes firm.
  • Once sufficiently chilled, add sugar and vanilla.  Using a hand blender, whip on high speed until coconut cream starts to become light and fluffy.
  • Spoon dollops of coconut cream over hot chocolate.  Sprinkle with additional cinnamon and chocolate shaving and enjoy!

NOTES/TIPS

  • If you are able to enjoy dairy, this recipe works very well with regular milk or half and half cream!
  • You can also substitute the unsweetened dark chocolate with your favourite milk chocolate. If using milk chocolate or another variety of sweetened chocolate, make sure to reduce the amount of sugar you add by decreasing it to approximately 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • If you find the hot chocolate is too sweet, add additional milk and stir.
  • If you find the hot chocolate is not sweet enough, add more sugar and stir.

With love from my kitchen to yours, Bon Appétit!

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