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when it comes to hot chocolate i don't really care if it's powder or solid but it has to be very THICK, so i can eat it with a spoon!
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Love hot chocolate! I will take it any way I can get it. I have a few different recipes, my kids love to make it with me.
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For the past.....ooh........3 years, my ornament exchange partners have been the same (yes, I have 2!!) One lives in Belgium, the other in the Netherlands and the one constant they both send me (and quite honestly these are just about the highlight of the whole event for me) is this



Thick chunk of solid Belgian chocolate on a stick which you swirl around in your hot creamy milk.

Hey, I'm going to die sometime right, so if it's with clogged arteries, so be it; I'll die happy!!!!!!!!
I'm not sure if that chocolate on a stick would even make it to hot milk for me... I'd probably end up just eating it whole, lol!!
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I'm not sure if that chocolate on a stick would even make it to hot milk for me... I'd probably end up just eating it whole, lol!!
sounds wonderful!
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I have gotten into heated "discussions" with friends over how to "correctly" make hot cocoa and I've come to the realization that there are two types of people in this world:
The pro-powders and the anti-powders.

The pro-powders, while they are inclusive of those who indiscriminately grab a box of Swiss Miss from the sales bin at their local food store, also include the powder-connoisseurs who enjoy mixing various powder flavors, adding cinnamon, nutmeg and other ingredients to give their powdered cocoa extra pizazz.

There is in-fighting within the group of pro-powders between those who use milk vs. those who use water in their cocoa...but that's another story.

As for the anti-powders, you would think that their range in preferences wouldn't vary so widely, but they do! During prime hot chocolate drinking seasons, the extremely devoted anti-powder drinker will stock up on various types of solid chocolates. White chocolate chips, blocks of milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate are all staples in their pantries...but again, this is ONLY the extremely devoted anti-powder drinker.

Many "regular" anti-powder drinkers are fine with using chocolate syrup or even spare candy bars to mix into their hot chocolate....but one thing that is certain among ALL anti-powder drinkers is that MILK must be used to make hot cocoa. While some will add half and half or even heavy cream to increase the richness of their hot cocoa, it is universally accepted among anti-powder drinkers that milk is a must in the making of all hot cocoa.

Will these two groups ever see eye to eye?!

What are you?

Me? I'm an anti-powder gal, but have been known to settle for powdered cocoa mix when a block of chocolate or chocolate chips aren't handy.
I have my hot chocolate any way I can! Sometimes it is the manufactured powder mix, sometimes it is the liquid Chocolate already made and then heated up.
But my all time favorite is putting a pan of milk on the stove and slowly heating it up. When it is almost hot enough I add coco powder and some sugar. When heated through, I may add some vanilla or other flavour of choice. This is topped with my homemade marshmallows.
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Hot Chocolate is anything you want it to be! The purpose is to fix it like you want! I love hot chocolate but try not to drink it very much, I try to stay away from so much chocolate! Chocolate is known to give heart burn. No one else in my family likes hot chocolate so I just stay with the box on the shelve. Being a daycare teacher sometimes I do receive homemade hot chocolate as a gift and it is good!


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Originally Posted by snowflake85 View Post
when it comes to hot chocolate i don't really care if it's powder or solid but it has to be very THICK, so i can eat it with a spoon!
You would love this German Recipe I have for it then... You will die for this!!! ENJOY!!!!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces chocolate, preferably dark (bittersweet)
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup or natural sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions:
1) Chop the chocolate very finely.
2) In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.
3) Add the chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.
4) Serve with maple whipped cream (recipe follows) if desired.
Serves 4 generously
Maple Whipped Cream
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more if you like your whipped cream very sweet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until stiff.
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You would love this German Recipe I have for it then... You will die for this!!! ENJOY!!!!

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces chocolate, preferably dark (bittersweet)
  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup or natural sweetener of choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions:
1) Chop the chocolate very finely.
2) In a medium saucepan, bring the milk and cream to a low simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally.
3) Add the chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has melted. Cook for an additional 4 minutes, whisking constantly.
4) Serve with maple whipped cream (recipe follows) if desired.
Serves 4 generously
Maple Whipped Cream
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (more if you like your whipped cream very sweet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and beat until stiff.
That sounds amazing!
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You would love this German Recipe I have for it then... You will die for this!!! ENJOY!!!!
Chocolate, maple syrup, and whipped cream ... OMG!

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