Italian Hot Chocolate is a must try for all Chocolate Lovers! Thick, rich and creamy; perfectly aligning heightened flavor with content taste buds! The following recipe is simple to prepare and will warm your heart on a cool evening.
Serves 2 4 oz cups (125 ml) and Preparation time 10 minutes
This recipe calls for whole milk, which can easily be substituted with 1% Milk, Almond Milk, or Soy Milk.
- 60% dark chocolate bar 4 thin squares, or 2 solid chunks. (50 g)
- 1 tsp sugar (10 g)
- 1 cup (250 ml) Whole Milk
- Whipping Cream
- Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, or Chocolate Shavings (for presentation)
- **To make a more festive drink add liquor to already prepared hot chocolate; best choices for 1 ounce (30 ml) of one of the following: Kahlua, Baileys, Peppermint Schnapps, Amaretto, or Frangelico. Then continue to top off whipping cream and Cocoa Powder, Cinnamon, or Chocolate Shavings .
On medium-low heat place a sauce pan and 4 chocolate squares (50 g). With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon begin to stir chocolate until melted. Add sugar and stir. Remove sauce pan from heat. To reduce coagulation of chocolate and to achieve a creamier fluid, begin to slowly work in milk, add only 1 TABLESPOON MILK and stir for 10 seconds, add a ANOTHER TABLESPOON MILK, stir for 10 seconds, add 1/4 cup stir thoroughly.
Lastly, place sauce pan back onto stove top, constantly stirring for 2 minutes to keep the chocolate and milk creamy and reducing the chances of burning. Chocolate Milk is done when warm vapors ascend and soft bubbles begin on edge of milk.** Pour chocolate milk into small mugs, can be topped off with whip cream and chocolate shavings or powdered chocolate and cinnamon.
By: Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio
This recipe is rich in calcium, phosphorous, vitamins A, D, B6, iron, potassium and magnesium. Lesser amounts of vitamins and minerals can also be found in hot chocolate. 4 0z (125 ml) serving has: 96 calories, 15 mg cholesterol, and 55 mg sodium.
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