Wednesday was National Hot Cocoa Day..
So I thought it would be fun to test out a couple of different hot cocoa mixes.
First up was Abuelita from Mexico.
Abuelita's come's in a round block of chocolate. 4 sections. Each section = 4 oz of drink.
I poured my milk in a pan with my chocolate. Heat until chocolate is melted
Obviously the more you want the more you melt.
The only thing I added to this was whipped topping.
It was interestingly pretty flavorless. Which seems weird because Mexican hot chocolate has spices in it
The verdict.. Meh
Next up was Cadbury Drinking Chocolate from the UK
So what was most fun about this cocoa was it is from the UK. Directions are super tiny and in Chinese. So I really had no idea how to prepare it.
I ended up preparing it like I would any hot cocoa from the US.
Three heaping tablespoons of cocoa to 8 oz of milk.
Served it with mini marshmallows.
Very creamy and chocolatey. Like Abuelita's it was not very sweet. Which I like..
The verdict.. Winner winner chicken dinner
Now I need to figure out what I'm going to do with the Abuelita's..
So a recap. Abuelita's from Mexico. Instructions in English.. Meh
Cadbury's from the UK. Instructions on Chinese.. Yum
Both were found at the KP International Market
Where to begin? This definitely isn't the hot chocolate from my childhood. Although it could have been. Growing up in Florida and all. No. We had Swiss Miss and went ape shit over the marshmallow. Most of the children of the 70's did. I altered the recipe slightly by using 2% milk and about half of the required chocolate. Because I prefer just a hint of chocolate when I'm using chocolate bars/chips. It's just my personal taste, feel free to use the amount the recipe calls for or more if you desire. Live how you want to live. Also, the recipe specifies a specific chocolate. I used whatever I could find. I didn't feel like going for a hunt for two cups of hot chocolate. Either way, this was pleasing to my palette and my tum tum was not aggrieved by it. So there's that.
Het Choklad Vit
From Hot Chocolate by Michael Turback
(The recipe comes from a cafe in Stockholm)
1 cup whole milk
4 ounces Valrhona Ivoire White Chocolate(And why not?), chopped
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 orange slice (I used 2 slices cuz I love oranges)
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium-high heat until very hot but not boiling. Gradually add the white chocolate to the hot milk, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from the heat and froth with a steamer or immersion blender. Pour into a mug and arrange the orange slice as a garnish.
'Tis the season for holiday baking, and this week I made Hot Cocoa Cookies. I've had a few cookie requests over the last few weeks but have not managed to make any due to the weeks of party planning for our annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Even though I was recovering today from the exhausting weekend, I still managed to whip up these babies. This recipe was found online and instantly pinned to my cookie board on Pintrest. I must warn you to not attempt to eat a cookie without a glass of milk. It is that rich but so gooey when warmed up or fresh out of the oven. I broiled the tops for a couple of minutes to get the browning on the marshmallows. Enjoy!
We are just over a week away from Christmas.. I hope we've provided you a few tasty options for hot cocoa.
Georgia, Amy and Nikita
Baby it's cold outside.. Well in most places it is.
Enjoy a little Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
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