Best Homemade Hot Chocolate?
Well, winter is around the corner! Looking for some good hot chocolate recipes. What do you all recommend? Any good powdered cocoa products? I have been melting 3 squares of Hersheys chocolate (regular not dark or anything) in 2% milk mixed with half and half and find it to be okay. But I remember even Swiss Miss tasting better.
Any thoughts on making good hot chocolate? Maybe one that tastes rich like Starbucks'? Not interested in fancy chocolates from Switzerland or anything, just looking for something reasonable that can be had everyday.
I developed this when Starbucks stopped offering its Chantico (an espresso-strength hot chocolate):
Whisk 1/2 heaping cup Penzey''s Dutch Cocoa powder (NOT the mix), 1/2 heaping cup of sugar, and 2 pinches salt in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Whisk in 1/2 cup hot water until smooth. Microwave for 20 seconds, stir. Repeat 3 times (watching carefully, it'll start bubbling up). Whisk in 1 cup half-n-half; microwave until hot.
For a dark hot chocolate, follow the above steps using 1/4 heaping cup dutch cocoa powder, 1/4 heaping cup sugar, 2 pinches salt, 1/3 cup hot water, 1/4 cup 2% milk, and 3/4 cup half-n-half. I keep this in the fridge, cutting it down with more milk for the kids who prefer milk hot chocolate.
And if you're watching the movie "Chocolat" make the dark hot chocolate with 1/8 teaspoon of chili powder.
And throw another log on the fire.
Have you tried these? http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...
I made them in dark chocolate and milk chocolate. I like the dark chocolate with a shot of Kahlua. The business of using them on skewers to stir is entertaining, but smaller blocks that you can just plop in a cup would mean more flexibility about the intensity of the chocolate and also faster melting. Even so, I found the blocks to have a rich, authentic chocolate flavor.