Food of the Gods
If you like it hot. Smooth. Spicy.
Hot chocolate. Think about it.
It’s not only for red-cheeked children after a long play in the snow Or little old ladies who sit by the fire knitting a sweater, no. Delicious hot chocolate is for those who understand ingredient, quality and…life. It’s for grown ups in particular. Why? because we can use any chocolate we like which means high-quality not the syrup kind. And, we can add any liquor we want instead of…what do you call them again?…oh yeah, marshmallows. I don’t do hot chocolate and marshmallows. You see, I wasn’t born into a family that craves sweets but I like to have something sweet every once in a while. Mr Sense of Hummus on the other hand has a sweet tooth but he is not a hot chocolate lover. Until a week ago (not sure if it’s the hot chocolate drink or what the hot chocolate drink made me do), when I felt the need to have something hot…something silky and warm…something that will boost my mood and stimulate my body… something that will make me groan. Yes baby, this hot chocolate does it. Even the gods use to have hot chocolate rituals.
Remember, with three main delicious ingredients you can’t go wrong.
I love how the shaved chocolate melts as soon as its sprinkled on top and the cinnamon turns into a reddish puddle sinking ever so slightly into the hot milk foam…this is a goodness waiting to fill up a drooling mouth. Mine included.
Serving: 2-3 persons**:
**Remember it’s a hot chocolate beverage so don’t do what I did: if you’re making it and you’re not alone make sure you have enough to share. I had to do it twice more the same night because I thought no one will smell it or ask to “taste it”. I was wrong.
3 cups cold low-fat milk
2 oz. high quality semi-sweet chocolate (plus a little extra for shaving)
3 tbsp Kahlua liquor (coffee liquor)
2 tbsp white sugar
1 pinch of cinnamon powder
pinch of kosher salt
Brake the chocolate to small pieces and over medium heat in a small saucepan combine milk, chocolate and salt. Whisk ingredients to a smooth consistency while the chocolate melts. Continue whisking to prevent the chocolate from scorching. Whisk gently until bubbles begin to appear and the milk is hot enough (you’ll know). Add the Kahlua, stir and remove from heat.
Divide hot beverage among a couple of pretty cups, top each with shaved chocolate and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve, drink and…enjoy.