Ever wonder why you crave something warm and sweet at 3:30 pm, perhaps a steaming cup of hot chocolate? I honestly think it stems from the days when we came home from school and mom gave us a snack. It could have been milk and cookies, but inevitably in the cold winter months, it was a cup of hot chocolate for me. The big choice I got to make was whether to add marshmallows or whipped cream.
I know many of us still enjoy drinking hot chocolate but our selection of choices has expanded beyond imagination which is why we can say, “Hot Chocolate Grows Up”. We no longer just open a packet of Nestle’s or Swiss Miss, heat and stir, as my husband does. We are into real, maybe even gourmet, hot chocolate and the embellishments abound. They include anything from whiskey, Kahlua, coconut whipped cream, red wine, Tequila, Godiva chocolate liqueurs and more. If you haven’t tried any of these drinks and know you are facing cold evenings at home, maybe even in front of a fireplace, this is the time to elevate your cocoa to an adult hot chocolate.
Kahlua is a coffee flavored (which must be why I like it) sugar-based (another reason to like it) liqueur from Mexico. To my surprise, the drink also contains some Rum, corn syrup, and vanilla bean.
Recipe – 10 minutes to make, serves two
Making adult hot chocolate might just be easier than I thought and most likely the ingredients are on hand. With homemade hot chocolate, you can control the sweetness and how much chocolate is used.
In a medium saucepan combine 2 cups of milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. On a low flame, heat for 2-3 minutes. Remove and stir in 1 ounce of Kahlua. You might want to garnish with marshmallows drizzled with salted caramel &/or chocolate syrup.
Chocolate Red Wine/Hot Chocolate Cocktail
This sweet dessert chocolate wine is called ChocolatRougeWine and comes in sweet red and milk chocolate.
Recipe for two
Heat 2 cups of milk, add 4 ounces of ChocolatRouge Milk Chocolate Wine, and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder or hot cocoa mix. Stir until well-combined. Pour into glasses or mugs of your choice. Top with whipped cream and add a little dusting of cinnamon.
Toasted Marshmallows Shot Glasses
Marshmallow shots are an updated version of jello shots from 2013. All you need is a bag of marshmallows, 2 forks, a stove and liqueur of your choice. Evenly brown the marshmallow using your 2nd fork to steady it; once it’s nicely toasted, flip it over onto your plate. As it cools down it will IMPLODE forming a cup and you have a marshmallow shot glass. They do fall apart quickly so fill it with your favorite liqueur, drink up and then eat the soaked, sticky marshmallow. This may not be for everyone, so think carefully before offering it at a party.
Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate
How nice to have a dairy and sugar-free option.
Recipe for two
Adult Hot Chocolate with Vodka and Godiva
Recipe for four
In a small sauce pot, on medium heat, add 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once they start to melt, slowly pour in 2 cups milk and stir with a whisk until melted and smooth. Stir often at a low boil and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 3 1/2 ounces Godiva chocolate liqueur, stirring and cooking for about 1 minute. Pour into cups and top it off with 3 ounces whipped cream vodka and chocolate syrup for garnish.
Slow Cooker Mexican Hot Chocolate
This year I got a slow cooker and have been gathering recipes from Pinterest (not even Google), and pinning to my ‘Plain and Simple’ food board for easy reference. Never did I think I would come across slow cooker recipes for hot chocolate but I did. It does seem so easy to just toss everything in a pot and let it cook for 2 hours.
Recipe for four
Toss 4 ounces (bar or chips) of bittersweet chocolate, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and 4 cups milk in a small crockpot ((if you have a small one – there’s less to wash) and stir it twice every hour.
A Cold Winter’s Night Treat
What a delightful surprise to find so many variations for hot chocolate. The fabulous images of these recipes have enticed me to occasionally switch from coffee to hot chocolate. Now I can replace expensive drinks found at a local coffee shop with scrumptious homemade treats. When I look at our tea and coffee pantry shelf, I also see cocoa from around the world which was probably gifted to us and has remained unopened, until now. It never occurred to me to spike my hot chocolate, but after researching these amazing recipes, I can’t wait to try a chocolate libation, especially on a very cold winter night. I’ll see if I can enroll my husband in having one with me.
Which recipe sounds good to you?