Hot Chocolate for Grown-Ups

February 06, 2018

Hot Chocolate for Grown-Ups

How to make grown-up hot chocolate for the tea lover!
If there is one good thing this cold weather brings, it is the opportunity to drink copious amounts of hot chocolate without any judgement. I, to be honest, am not a fan of any hot drinks. None. I don't know how I survive the Canadian winters, really. However, this month I took on the challenge of creating a new hot chocolate recipe just for you, and I had a lot of fun doing it, too! 
Hot chocolate recipes are numerous, but there is one thing they have in common: the ability to customize! I now love making my own hot chocolate because the possibilities are endless. If you like a very rich hot chocolate, only use half and half as your base. If you like something lighter, go with milk. For a special touch, I added tea bags to the base liquid (cream) as it warmed up. Some suggestions for tea choices would be chai, vanilla rooibos (which is what I used), mint for those mint chocolate lovers, licorice spice, etc. It is still your good ol' cup of hot chocolate, but with a slightly grown-up flair. 
The recipe I made is meant for two. If you have been following us on social media, you have seen our date night ideas. This would be an excellent way to end Valentine's day with the girls, with your significant other, or simply with yourself. Just make sure you have enough ingredients on hand! We drank the whole batch while in the test kitchen.
Grown-up Hot Chocolate
450 mL base liquid (I used 200mL of half and half, and 250 mL of 2% milk)
2-3 tea bags 
Simmer gently for a few minutes and then turn off the heat. Use a spatula to squeeze the tea bags well to drain them before removing them from the milk/cream.
140 grams of your favourite chocolate, chopped if in large pieces. (I chose milk chocolate because it is what I had on hand, and it was a great choice!)
Stir the hot chocolate until everything is dissolved. The heat from the cream and the pot should be enough to melt your chocolate, no need to turn the heat back on. 
Serve and enjoy! 
For the kids and other non-tea lovers, simply omit the tea bags and use as normal. You can also grab a bar of Macintosh Toffee or some caramel squares and add them to the hot cream for caramel hot chocolate. Sprinkle a bit of fine sea salt at the end and now it is salted caramel hot chocolate! I served salted caramel hot chocolate with whipped cream and caramel drizzle during the Christmas break, and it was very much enjoyed. 
I hope you have lots of fun creating your own results. As always, please share with us if you try something out! Let us know what you did to make your own grown-up hot chocolate. You never know, it could be the next big trend! Happy hot chocolating! 
-Cassie C.



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