Recipe Hot chocolate to die for

Discussion in 'Beverages, Drinks and Smoothies' started by medtran49, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    SE Florida
    This is NOT healthy like pinkcherrychef's chocolate milk. It is, however one of the best hot chocolates you'll ever drink. This recipe makes a drink very similar to Italian cioccolata, basically molten lava chocolate. It's a recipe from a guest chef on 1 of Paula Deen's shows.

    I was first introduced to Italian cioccolata in Florence when DD and I stopped in a cafe with friends for coffee because we were all freezing She was by far the youngest, though in 20s, but had never developed a taste for coffee, so she ordered the hot chocolate. Our coffee came, we are waiting, waiting for her HC, get another round of coffee, finally her HC comes. She takes a drink of it and just moans. We ask her what's wrong. She says nothing's wrong, this is the best HC I've ever had, totally worth the wait. Of course we all wanted a taste after that and all she'd let us do was barely dip the tips of our spoons in. After we got our tastes, we told her she was a selfish little witch (joking around and a b or 2 might have been used instead of all w's) and she just came back with get your own, which we did at the next cafe stop.

    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 2 1/2 cups milk, divided, plus 1 cup boiled for hot chocolate milk
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 large egg yolks
    • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 2 oz (2 bars) chopped semisweet chocolate

    Sprinkle the cornstarch over 1/2 cup of the milk in a small bowl and whisk to dissolve. Add the sugar and egg yolks and whisk well.

    In a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan over low heat, bring the remaining 2 cups of the milk and the vanilla bean just to a simmer. Remove the bean, scrape the vanilla seeds into the milk, and discard the bean. Gradually whisk the egg yolk mixture into the milk.

    Cook, whisking often, until the sauce comes to a full boil, about 3 minutes. If using vanilla extract, stir it in now. Strain through a wire sieve into a bowl. Serve warm.

    Add to the vanilla cream the chopped chocolate chunks and a boiled cup of milk. Mix until smooth. Any flavor can be added- raspberry, cinnamon, holiday ginger spice, marshmallows. The semi-sweet chocolate can be substituted with milk or white chocolate
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    This really is a chocolate overload! :happy: I'm one of those odd people who doesn't like chocolate in any shape or form, so it won't tempt me. But I think a lot of folk would be tempted.
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  3. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Detroit, USA
    Cornstarch! Egg yolks! This is not your average hot chocolate. I wonder if half-and-half would make it too much like drinking chocolate syrup.
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  4. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    SE Florida
    It's almost like drinking hot chocolate pudding made as above, which basically it really is, just barely thin enough to be drinkable.
  5. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Brighton, MA.

    I should try this soon before winter is over!! :wink:
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  6. ElizabethB

    ElizabethB Über Member

    Lafayette, LA. US
    I am swooning. Long before instant chocolate mixes Mother made hot chocolate with cocoa powder. When the temps first started to cool off I got a container of cocoa powder and have been making hot chocolate with that. Your recipe has me salivating.
  7. Elawin

    Elawin Über Member

    Sorry! I make hot chocolate with 100% chocolate, either powder or discs. No milk, no sugar, no nothing. Just chocolate and hot water.
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  8. pinkcherrychef

    pinkcherrychef Active Member

    Ooooo sounds abousolutely to die for indeed. This recipe is so tempting lol. I might make it on one of my splurge days then go for a long walk afterwards. I bet it would be worth it. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.
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  9. medtran49

    medtran49 Über Member

    SE Florida
    To each their own, but chocolate and hot water is not 100% chocolate.
    ElizabethB likes this.
  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    I think @Elawin means she uses 100% cocoa content chocolate to make it. We get different % chocolate bars in the UK. I don't know if it is the same elsewhere.
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