The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? At our fine chocolate company, Choclatique, we were always looking for great hot chocolate recipes like the kind we found in Barcelona. On visiting the local cooking school there, the student chefs were just learning how to make the iconic Barcelona Hot Chocolate—not hot cocoa. Barcelona Hot Chocolate is a warm steamy beverage and a rich decadent dessert at the same time. It is thick and creamy and loaded with real chocolate—not flavored with cocoa powder chalkiness.
To the many people they get their lackluster hot cocoa fix by ripping open an envelope of powder and pouring it into a cup of hot water, I'm here to tell you that real men and women don’t drink that kind of beverage once they’ve tasted the real thing (recipe below); and it's just as easy to make as the “quick” stuff. Barcelona Hot Chocolate is rich, thick, and velvety smooth and is made by using just a few simple ingredients that make all the difference. If the weather outside is frightful, warm up with a cozy cup of REAL homemade hot chocolate.
What's the difference Between Hot Chocolate and Hot Cocoa? While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a real difference, and it turns out it's right there in the name. Hot chocolate is made with whole chocolate (chocolate liquor and cocoa butter and sometimes a little cocoa powder) and hot cocoa is made from just cocoa powder. Therefore hot chocolate tends to have a thicker consistency than hot cocoa.
Don’t use the cheap stuff. For the richest hot chocolate, use the highest quality chocolate: dark chocolate that is at least 64 percent or higher. In terms of dairy, real hot chocolate recipes call for thicker forms of dairy such as half-and-half, heavy cream, whole milk or a mixture of each. A good dairy-free alternative for hot chocolate is coconut or almond milk.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup half and half or whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped (64% or higher)
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 pinch ground cinnamon
Toppings (your choice)
ChefSecret: During these difficult times, small pleasures matter.
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Here is wishing you the very best for the upcoming holidays. To you and everyone dear to you, be strong, be positive, stay well, stay safe and be kind welcoming in the holiday season. If you have a little extra in your pockets to share with others at this difficult time, please consider donating to Feeding America. Thanks for reading.
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