I don’t know about all of you lovely people, but this chilly weather is really getting to me especially in the evening after work. The perfect way to wind down I thick is with a nice warm mug of hot chocolate.
So there’s the regular way of boiling milk and/or water, putting some cocoa powder in a mug and mixing that together, and that’s fine. but maybe you could try a couple of interesting ways to put a little edge to your hot chocolate.
Here are a few recipe ideas:
1) Peanut butter Hot Chocolate
I love peanut but and chocolate as a combo, so this is at the top of my list.
2) Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate
This recipe is a spin-off Ali Ebright came up with. It’s a little spicy, but the added chilly gives the hot chocolate a kick.
- 4 cups milk
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder of your choice)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. cornstarch (optional thickener)
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. chipotle powder or chili powder
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of cayenne
- optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate syrup, and/or chocolate shavings
What to do:
Pour your milk into a saucepan over medium heat, then stir in all the other ingredients. Leave it on until it starts to simmer. Serve and add whatever toppings you like.
3) Orange Hot Chocolate
The first time my friend asked me to try this I cringed. But it honestly quite nice. The orange gives your hot chocolate that extra zing. There are different ways to make this but I like Epicurios’ recipe.
- 1/3 cup chilled whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon (packed) dark brown sugar
- 4 1/2 cups milk
- 4 large oranges
- 9 ounces good-quality milk chocolate (such as Lindt or Ghirardelli), chopped
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Milk chocolate curls (optional)
- Orange peel twists (optional)
What to do
Whisk cream and brown sugar in medium bowl until stiff peaks form. Cover and refrigerate whipped cream.Pour milk into a saucepan, then peel the 4 oranges and add it all peel to the milk. Bring milk mixture to simmer over medium-high heat. Once done, remove from heat, cover and let steep for 30 minutes.Strain milk mixture into large bowl, pressing on solids to remove liquid. Return milk to same saucepan and bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Add chopped chocolate and cocoa powder; whisk until melted and smooth. Simmer 1 minute, whisking constantly. It’s then ready to serve, toppings or no.
4) Salted Caramel Hot chocolate
I am a sucker for caramel so the last one I’m sharing of course has caramel in it. Don’t shy away from the salt, trust me it brings all the flavors out beautifully.
So give these a go, or share some of your own.