Happy Hot Chocolate

It’s been a year exactly since I started this blog so I’m trying to celebrate. When I think celebration, I think of drinks and the “cheers” motion. But I have been feeling a little down lately and I’m not in the celebrating mood. So what better way to cheer myself up/cheers with myself? Hot chocolate. It’s a drink and I can physically do the cheers motion with it and also CHOCOLATE.

This would have been more ideal if I had red wine at home, because I could have made my red wine hot chocolate again but alas, I don’t have any wine at home. But I have another secret ingredient 😉 Not so secret or special but evaporated milk in hot chocolate just makes it that much better. It’s really going the extra mile.

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Anyways, let’s get to making the kitchen smell wonderful!

Recipe:

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk

METHOD

  1. Whisk the water, cocoa powder and sugar in a medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat. When everything has combined evenly, reduce the heat and let simmer for 7 . Whist occassionally
  2. Stir in the evaporated milk and let simmer for two minutes then serve

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

It’s getting cold ://

But you know what that means?!! All the kinds of hot chocolates :D!!

Hot chocolate has got to be my favorite warm beverage apart from pumpkin spice lattes but I’ll leave the latter to Starbucks.

I saw this recipe on facebook the other day and I thought to definitely try it out. It sounded really gross at first but it started growing on me. I really like warm, creamy alcoholic beverages so I’m glad I gave this a shot.

I used Jason Triggs merlot which is full-bodied and a little fruity.

I actually really enjoyed making this and better yet drinking it. There is a wine-y after taste and it’s very rich and thick! Kinda like you’re drinking the chocolate founting at Aunt Gilda’s wedding but with a little bit of mmmph! I would definitely make this again.

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ⅔ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ⅔ cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients (except salt and vanilla extract) in a pot over medium heat and stir occassionaly till it’s all melted and even
  2. Remove from heat and add in salt and vanilla extract. Pour in mugs and enjoy 🙂

*If you don’t like how thick this is, you can thin it out with 1/2 a cup of milk and 1/2 a cup of red wine 🙂

Let me know what you think!

 

Fancy Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hello!!

Although it doesn’t feel like winter, being 4 degrees out and all I still want to do winter-y things- Like play in the snow (WHICH THERE IS NONE OF), or wear my cute winter outfits (BUT I CAN’T BECAUSE IT’S TOO WARM FOR THAT). But I guess the only winter-y thing I can do right now is cuddle in bed with my study sheet and drink hot chocolate. At least I can make it fancy and drink it with a candy cane!

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Also the mixture before you add any liquid kind of looks like a constellation:

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This totally cheered me up! Wish me luck on my midterm tomorrow! 🙂

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa
  • Dash salt
  • ⅓ cup hot water
  • 4 whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sweetened whipped cream (optional)

Method:

  1. Stir sugar, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan. Add in hot water and bring to a boil over medium heat. As it’s boiling, keep stirring for two minutes
  2. Add milk and warm the mixture for five minutes while stirring
  3. Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla
  4. Top with whipped cream because marshmallows are over rated.