I am THE worst New Englander in the history of the world!
I cannot stand to be cold. Even air conditioning makes me cold. Kind of makes me wonder how in the blazes I survived my childhood really… winters on the coast of Maine aren’t exactly like a vacation in the tropics.
The weather here in Georgia has been like a gigantic tease lately. The grass is turning green again, the plants are beginning to bloom, and some days the sun beats down and is a welcome sign that spring and summer are coming quickly. If you blink, you might just miss its arrival.
And then there are days like yesterday, when it’s rainy and damp and so stinking cold it makes me wonder why the heck I left my beloved New England.
Why is it we always seem to want what we don’t have?
Thank goodness for hot chocolate. That makes even the coldest and crappiest of days better!
Baby Its Cold Outside Cocoa
Yields: 4 – 6 oz. servings
1 ½ c. half and half
1 ½ c. whole or 2% milk
3 oz. milk chocolate*
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate
¼ c. malted milk powder
Pinch of salt
½ c. heavy whipping cream
1-2 tbs. confectioners’ sugar
Chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for dusting
In a large saucepan, combine ½ c. of half and half, milk chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate and whisk over medium heat until chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add remaining half and half, milk, malted milk powder and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, beat heavy cream in a medium bowl. Once it starts to hold its shape, gradually add 1-2 tbs. powdered sugar, depending on how sweet you like it. Just remember you’re adding it to sweet hot chocolate, so go easy.
Ladle hot chocolate into mugs, top with a dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate shaving or dust with a little cocoa powder and serve.
*Notes: I prefer my hot chocolate not quite as sweet as my children, so I like dark chocolate in mine. That’s a little too bitter for my children – so I’ve found 3 oz. of Milk Chocolate and 3 oz. of Bittersweet Chocolate is a great balance and we’re all happy. Feel free to use 6 oz. total of which ever type you prefer though.
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