Monday, December 6, 2010

5 Days of Hot Chocolate

Few things hit the spot during this chilly time of year like hot chocolate. Usually every other month of the year I prefer coffee, however during the winter months I always reach for the hot cocoa and the must-have bag of marshmallows to top it off.
Some people like their hot cocoa creamy, others prefer it with a tower of whipped cream, and some prefer it spicy (yes, spicy), but however you prefer your chocolate we can all agree, it's a good thing.

As an ode to the love of hot chocolate this week I give you...

5 Days of Hot Chocolate

Every day this week I will post one of my favorite hot chocolate recipes ranging from our beloved classic to something a little bit wicked. So sit back and enjoy the 5 Days of Hot Chocolate as we begin with...

The Classic
This classic recipe is made extra special Ina Garten style with two types of chocolate, a dash of coffee to boost the chocolate flavor, and a pretty cinnamon stick garnish.

Hot Chocolate by Ina Garten
Serves: 4 to 5
Cooking Time: 5 minutes

2 1/2 cups whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso or coffee powder
4 to 5 vanilla beans or cinnamon sticks, for garnish


Heat the milk and half-and-half in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add both chocolates. When the chocolates are melted, add the sugar, vanilla extract, and espresso and whisk vigorously. Reheat gently and serve immediately. Use a vanilla bean or cinnamon stick to garnish each serving.

"I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter."
-- Author Unknown

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Marie Theron said...

Just love it, you have such a gentle blog and wonderful ideas. I love the recipe and the funny quote!