Winter Dream Hot Chocolate
With the warmth of spring still a ways off, here’s an adult hot chocolate recipe that will warm you to your toes. It doubles as dessert and an after dinner drink all in one. To hot chocolate add Amaretto and Baileys liqueurs, then top with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg and chocolate shavings. Like it’s name, it really is a winter dream.
Dutch Cocoa for Hot Chocolate
Start with making hot chocolate. I use milk and Penzeys smooth, rich, dark Dutch cocoa. Dutch cocoa is processed to make it blend more easily with liquids. It’s an excellent choice for making hot chocolate and things like ice cream bases, and sauces.
Whip it Good
The recipe calls for topping the drink with whipped cream. I use a neat tool called an Isi Thermo Whipper. Yes, it’s a bit of an indulgence when it comes to tools, but you can do more with it than just whip cream. You can also whip cream by hand, with a hand mixer or with an immersion blender with the whisk attachment. Or take the easy way and get a can of whipped cream.
While the weather is still chilly and the fireplace is flickering, try ending an evening with this warm, chocolaty indulgence.
Note for a healthier version: skip the alcohol and whipped cream and simply make hot chocolate with low fat milk, cocoa, cinnamon, and a little vanilla along with a little sweetener for a healthier option. The homemade almond milk could be good too, and that would even be non-dairy for those with dairy sensitivities or vegans.