Baby It’s Cold Outside!!!
So – make it warm inside.
Is there anything better than good old-fashioned hot cocoa when Mr. Jack Frost is nipping? We don’t think so – and we love, Love, LOVE hot cocoa made from milk, sugar and cocoa – of course – with our special twist.
There really isn’t a recipe for this – you kind of have to gauge it by your taste buds and depending on how many people who want hot cocoa. Basically, you’re going to use half milk and half heavy cream (or use condensed milk if you don’t have heavy cream – and, if you’re allergic to milk, use all coconut milk). Measure the moo using the cup you’re ultimately going to serve it in until about a half inch below the rim. This way – you make a just-right amount. Pour the moo into a saucepan and slowly warm the milk, stirring occasionally, until it’s warm, but you are still able to stick your finger into it without getting burned (warned you there’s no real “recipe”)
For each cupful of milk in the saucepan, measure 2-3 Tablespoons of dutch processed cocoa and about a Tablespoon or so (to your sweetness taste) of powdered sugar. You can use the regular cocoa if that’s all you have, but it’s not as “rich” tasting. Gently whisk the cocoa & sugar into the warmed milk until well blended. Add a dash of sea salt (yes – you read that correctly – sea salt…this brings up the sweetness without adding more sugar). Taste it and adjust the sugar and/or cocoa…it should be VERY cocoa-y. Heat & stir the mixture until it is too hot for your finger to stay in it, but don’t bring to a boil. That’s good drinkin’ temperature! Turn off the heat, but don’t remove the pan from the heat just yet.
Now here’s the secret…add about a teaspoon or so of freshly grated cinnamon and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg just before you pull it off the stove and whisk until you can smell the spices in the steam. Now, you’re ready to pour.
Pour the chocolate loveliness into your cup; top with mini marshmallows or (my personal favorite) gently whipped creme fraiche. Grate a sprinkle of nutmeg on top and serve with a cinnamon stick (for stirring the goodness up from the bottom as you drink).
If you’re making a bunch of this for a group – we have successfully done this in a crock pot…just add the ingredients together (except the cinnamon & nutmeg) and heat through. Add the cinnamon & nutmeg right before serving and have available the marshmallows, creme fraiche, and cinnamon sticks on the side. Ladle into individual serving cups, and proceed with topping and garnishing as above.
This is an ahhhsome hot cocoa that’s sure to warm every cockle that you and your friends have…especially satisfying after coming in from sledding or shoveling the weather. Enjoy!
Ciao for Now!
V & K