A perfect cup of hot chocolate!
Making your own delicious mug of steaming hot chocolate is as simple as can be, and the outcome depends mostly on the quality of the ingredients you choose.
It is important to remember that the type of chocolate you use and the fat content of the milk (skim, 2%, whole milk or cream) affects the flavour and richness of the hot chocolate. Experiment and discover which blend you like the best!
Classic Hot Chocolate
- 50 grams superior quality chocolate
(try a Lindt chocolate bar)
- 2 cups milk or cream
Heat the chocolate and milk together in a saucepan on the stove, until hot. To make it frothy and foamy, whisk with a wire whisk or a milk frother. Top with fresh whipped cream or a handful of marshmallows.
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Did you know?
- The top chocolate loving nations in the world are: Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Germany and Norway.
- James Beard, the dean of American cookery, once said “a steaming cup of hot chocolate with buttered toast is surely one of the most heart warming, body-warming, and taste-satisfying combinations known to man.”
- An eight ounce cup of hot chocolate contains only 9 mg of caffeine, compared to an eight ounce cup of coffee which can contain up to 133 mg of caffeine.
- A study conducted by Cornell University showed that hot chocolate contains more antioxidants than wine and tea!
- In Belgium and some other areas in Europe, if you order a “warme chocolade” or “chocolat chaud” you will receive a cup of steamed milk and a small bowl of bittersweet chocolate chips to dissolve in the milk.
- The Aztec emperor, Montezuma, is said to have drank 50 goblets of chocolate per day!
- 71% of North American chocolate eaters prefer milk chocolate!
- Hot chocolate and churros is the traditional working man’s breakfast in Spain.
- More chocolate is consumed in the winter than any other season.
- 66% of chocolate is consumed between meals.