It’s Hot Chocolate!
Here is the recipe I modified over the last few years after getting a recipe from my fantastic gourmet cook sister-in-law, Dr. Lori.
Richer hot chocolate, go for the whole milk. It’s my favorite. But if you are trying not to gain 5-7 lbs. like most average Americans during the holiday season you cut out a little fat with low fat or skim milk.
3 1/2 cups skim milk
1 cup cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
4 oz. semi-sweet (or milk) chocolate, chopped
1 TBSP sugar (add more to taste if you’d like…I’m a sweet kinda girl)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup strong brewed coffee
4 cinnamon sticks
Heat the milk/ cream on stove top over medium heat. As it starts to simmer, remove from heat and add chopped chocolate and stir continuously until melted. Add additional ingredients of sugar, vanilla and coffee. Whisk and put back on stove top heat on low to warm again. Add cinnamon sticks and stir. Serve as prepared or throw in a marshmallow or two to finish.
You can come visit us for a cup of hot chocolate and you might even get a ride outside in the soon to arrive winter wonderland. But then come back inside for a warm up cup of hot chocolate.