Hot chocolate is the perfect indulgent winter treat. We're sharing the ultimate recipe – kicked-up with a hit of spice!
by Lindsay Evans
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February is here and we're officially in the throes of winter. And, judging by the mounds of snow piling up outside, it's looking more and more like there's no end in site. So, we say, go ahead and splurge on a hot chocolate so good, and so indulgent, you’ll forget that powedered pre-packaged stuff ever graced your pantry shelves.
Our recipe is kicked-up with a hit of spice to make it extra special and grown-up worthy, but feel free to omit this to make it more kid-friendly. Top it off with a mound of homemade vanilla whipped cream and you'll have the perfect winter-warming treat.
Makes 2 cups of hot cocoa
1 quart 1 % milk (or almond milk)
6 oz bittersweet chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), chopped
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
Vanilla whipped cream:
1 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp good quality pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp demerara sugar
cinnamon for sprinkling
Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low, whisking constantly, until chocolate has melted and mixture is steaming, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
Meanwhile, pour whipped cream into a large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on medium high speed until it starts to thicken. Add vanilla and sugar and continue to beat until soft peaks form.
Divide hot chocolate between cups and dollop with vanilla whipped cream. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like. Serve immediately.