A guilty pleasure when the weather is getting colder : the oh so comforting real hot chocolate. I must confess that I don’t drink this only during winter, but more like all year long. But now that December is here, I’m craving new flavours that would remind me of Christmas. To help you wait until the 24th, discover my 3 delicious recipes for a real hot chocolate that you will want to try so bad.
I’m going to explain how to make a hot chocolate with an orange flavour, an other with cinnamon and a third one with peppermint.
For two mugs, you will need :
• 200 g of dark chocolate
• 50 cl of milk (you can use almond milk)
• whipped cream
• marshmallows and other toppings to decorate
• an orange
• a tsp of sugar
• a stick of cinnamon (or ground cinnamon)
• ground Cayenne
• peppermint extract
First, let’s prepare a real hot chocolate.
⇒ Melt the chocolate in a bain marie.
⇒ In a different saucepan, heat up the milk. Be careful, it shouldn’t boil.
⇒ Once the chocolate fully melted, fill a quarter of the mug with it.
⇒ Complete the mug with the hot milk and mix well. Sometimes, the chocolate agglomerates and doesn’t blend into the milk. To resolve this, simply stir with a whisk during a few seconds.
It is now time to add some flavours to your hot chocolate !
⇒ For the orange chocolate : take a few pieces of orange peel and cut them into micro pieces. Add these zests to your chocolate, as well as a tsp of sugar. Stir.
⇒ For the cinnamon chocolate : grate the third of a cinnamon stick into your chocolate, or add half a tsp of ground cinnamon. Finish with a pinch of Cayenne. Stir.
⇒ For the peppermint chocolate : add a tsp of peppermint extract and stir.
Now, you just have to decorate your mug ! I added whipped cream on the top and decorated according to the hot chocolate’s flavour. For the yellow mug (cinnamon), I sprinkled edible golden flakes, mini marshmallows, and added a stick of cinnamon. For the purple mug (orange), I used the rest of my orange zests, sugar confetti and mini marshmallows. Enough to please your friends (or children !) all winter.