Winter is here (sort of) and that means hot chocolate (or hot cocoa if you prefer). I always make my hot chocolate from scratch, and while there are plenty of mixes, it is neither hard nor time consuming to make hot chocolate yourself. While there is nothing wrong with hot chocolate from a mix (yes there is), if you want to make a memorable hot chocolate there is no better method than using the simplest of ingredients and taking the few minutes to mix it yourself. I like to one up everyone else by turning my hot chocolate into a liquid Reese’s peanut butter cup. It only takes a few minutes to make and you will not regret dirtying a pot for such a delicious treat.
2 tsp cocoa powder (I prefer Droste, but any high quality cocoa powder will do)
2 heaping tsp sugar
1 cup +1 tsp milk
1 heaping tsp smooth peanut butter
1. Heat 1 cup of milk in a pot until steaming .
2. Combine the cocoa powder and sugar in a cup.
3. Add 1 tsp of milk to the cup and stir the cocoa powder and sugar until you make a paste.
4. Add the warm milk to the cup, and stir until the paste has mixed well.
5. Add the peanut butter and stir slowly until it has melted into the hot chocolate.
6. Drink and think about how much better your hot chocolate is than your friends’.
N.B. There are a number of things that you can add instead of peanut butter to make a fantastic, warm winter drink. Try any of the following for something interesting: cinnamon, instant coffee, hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico), almond liqueur (Amaretto), peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, orange zest, vanilla, Nutella, or anything else that you like with your chocolate. Or do as the Aztecs did and add a bit of chili pepper, it is pretty interesting (while they didn’t use milk, who cares?)