Hot Chocolate the Cococo Way

Makes two servings of rich, delicious, hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup milk (2% or whole)
  • 1/2 cup Half & Half cream
  • 1/2 cup couverture chocolate drops, shavings or chocolate morsels (in small pieces suitable for melting) - we like Bittersweet, but you can use any kind of chocolate but you'll have to adjust the sugar.
  • Brown sugar (optional, to taste)

Directions:

  1.  In sauce pan, combine the milk, the half & half, and any flavourings or spices of your choice (for example, lavender, cloves, mint etc. See below for ideas).
  2. Bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  3. Remove from heat, cover, and let the flavours infuse for 2 to 5 minutes (longer for a stronger flavour — experiment!)
  4. Pour the milk through a strainer into a bowl (if you are not using spices or flavouring, you may skip this step)
  5. Return the milk to the sauce pan and return to simmer, stirring constantly, being careful not to let the milk scald.
  6. Add the bittersweet chocolate and the sugar; whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  7. Pour into mugs and, if you prefer, top with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or marshmallows.

Spices or flavourings (optional) per recipe:

Lavender hot chocolate
Put 1/2 tsp. lavender in a tea ball and let steep in the warm milk for 3-5 minutes before adding the chocolate.  Stir well.

Spiced hot chocolate (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger) 
Add 1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp. (or to taste) of your preference of spices into the warm milk and chocolate, then stir well to combine.

Chai hot chocolate
Steep a bag of Chai tea in the warm milk for 3-5 minutes before adding the chocolate. Stir well.

Mint (fresh crushed mint or dried mint, either loose or in a tea bag)
Add a 1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp. of fresh crushed or dried mint into a tea ball and let steep in the warm milk for 3-5 minutes before adding the chocolate.  Stir well.
Or, steep a bag of Mint tea in the warm milk for 3-5 minutes before adding the chocolate. Stir well.

Ancho Chili powder
1/4 tsp. (or to taste) into the warm milk and chocolate, then stir well to combine.

Cayenne Powder 
Add a pinch (or more for lots of heat)  into the warm milk and chocolate, then stir well to combine.

Rosemary Fusion Habanero Hot Chocolate
Stir pieces of our Rosemary Fusion chocolate tablet into hot milk or hot chocolate, to taste.

Oregano Fusion Habanero Hot Chocolate
Stir in pieces of our Oregano Fusion chocolate tablet into hot milk or hot chocolate, to taste.

View our Vegan Ginger Hot Chocolate recipe.

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