Hot Chocolate the Cococo Way

HOT CHOCOLATE

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup milk (2% or whole)
1/2  up Half & Half cream
1/2 cup Cococo Chocolatiers 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 – Add 1/2 tsp. Lavender

Spiced hot chocolate (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger) – Add 1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp.

Mint (fresh crushed mint or dried mint)– 1/2 tsp. – 1 tsp.

Ancho Chili powder – 1/4 tsp. (or to taste)

Cayenne Powder – Pinch (or more for lots of heat)

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.