Wednesday, May 18, 2011

World's Best Homemade Hot Chocolate!

Crazy weather calls for...... chocolate in our house.  To be specific homemade hot chocolate.


1/3 cup unsweetened dark cacao powder *

3/4 cup sugar

1 pinch salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups WHOLE milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional (whip up some heavy whipping cream and a splash of vanilla and sugar.  Add a dollop to finished hot chocolate.

1.Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.

* I really think the secret ingredient is the cacao powder.  Cacao and cocoa powder are close but different.  The short answer is cocoa powder is the cacao bean roasted and then ground to a powder.  Cacao is the bean ground to a powder not roasted first.  I love earth circle organics cacao powder dark found at my local health food store or here.

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