12 Treats of Christmas: Dark Drinking Chocolate (Hot Chocolate for Adults)

Dark Hot Chocolate for Adults

Over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, we will be periodically sharing our 12 Treats of Christmas. Some will be cookies, some cocktails, and some treats for your loved ones.  Today we start with a special treat for the dark chocolate lovers (me included) out there.

I started out trying to create the perfect hot chocolate, but ended up with something that is more like liquid dessert in a cup  – Dark Drinking Chocolate. This recipe is very easy to make and is perfect to share, or store away in your fridge to heat up when you need a special sip of dark, warm and satisfying hot chocolate.

Dark Drinking Chocolate

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips)
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder if that is what you have)
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup drinking water
3 cups whole milk (if you must, use 2% but nothing less)
Mini marshmallows and whipped cream to top

Directions:

Heat water, milk and sugar on medium heat in a mid-sized sauce pan until it starts to steam.Whisk while heating to dissolve and incorporate the sugar.

Add in your cocoa, salt and chocolate chips.  Whisk on medium heat until fully melted and incorporated (making sure to scrap the bottom of the pan as you go).  You can always use an immersion blended to finish the job.  Regardless, you want the cocoa and chocolate to be fully dissolved and incorporated. Takes about 5-7 minutes. Just don’t let the milk boil and burn to the bottom of the pan.

Divide among 4-6 mugs, top with marshmallows or whipped cream to serve.

NOTES: If not serving it all at one time, put drinking chocolate in a air-tight drink container and store in the fridge until ready to re-heat and serve within 1-2 days. If it is too thick for you, simply add some more milk until it reaches the consistency and flavor you like.

Sip and enjoy!

Julia

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Dark Drinking Chocolate

Yield: 4 Large Cups, 6 Small Cups

Prep Time: Dark Drinking Chocolate

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips)
3/4 cup dark cocoa powder (or regular cocoa powder if that is what you have)
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup drinking water
3 cups whole milk (if you must, use 2% but nothing less)
Mini marshmallows and whipped cream to top

Directions:

Heat water, milk and sugar on medium heat in a mid-sized sauce pan until it starts to steam.Whisk while heating to dissolve and incorporate the sugar.

Add in your cocoa, salt and chocolate chips. Whisk on medium heat until fully melted and incorporated (making sure to scrap the bottom of the pan as you go). You can always use an immersion blended to finish the job. Regardless, you want the cocoa and chocolate to be fully dissolved and incorporated. Takes about 5-7 minutes. Just don't let the milk boil and burn to the bottom of the pan.

Divide among 4-6 mugs, top with marshmallows or whipped cream to serve.

NOTES: If not serving it all at one time, put drinking chocolate in a air-tight drink container and store in the fridge until ready to re-heat and serve within 1-2 days. If it is too thick for you, simply add some more milk until it reaches the consistency and flavor you like.

Sip and enjoy!

Julia

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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