Did you see that movie several years ago with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp and a whole lot of luscious-looking chocolate? Chances are that if you went into the theatre with an indifferent attitude towards chocolate, at the end of the movie you went straight to concessions and bought one of everything that had chocolate as an ingredient. (I’ve never been indifferent to chocolate, so I was able to wait until I reached the privacy of my home!)
One of my all-time favorite treats is hot chocolate. I adored it as a child when my Dad mixed it up on cold mornings and now I fix it for my kids (and myself) on cold mornings, afternoons and evenings.
This is our recipe. I know you’ll like it.
For each cup of chocolate:
2 heaping tsp. of sugar
1 heaping tsp. of powdered, unsweetened chocolate
a teeny-tiny pinch of salt
1 c. of milk
a drop of vanilla
Mix the dry ingredients. Then add the milk, a little at a time, stirring until you have achieved a smooth mixture. Stir in the rest of the milk, place the saucepan over medium heat and, stirring constantly, heat the mixture until thoroughly hot.
Make it even better: Oh, the possibilities! I like to make it light on the sugar, with a tad more chocolate and then swirl in some heavy cream after I ladle it into each cup. The kids like to have a candy-cane swizzle stick to stir around and spice up their drink. Adults like to spice their drink with something a little more grown-up. Then there are the traditional toppings: marshmallows, marshmallow cream, whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon…
If you have a suggestion to make a good thing even better, or you have a beloved hot chocolate recipe of your own, please share!