This is not your regular hot chocolate.This is lush and I mean lush, luxurious, rich, decadent, smooth, silky, warm your cockles through hot chocolate. If you’ve always been buying hot chocolate, or simply boiling water, and making instant chocolate from a tin or container, you will probably never do that again when you try this. Dieters be warned though, this is probably not for you. My apologies. Loooooool
The first time I had this hot chocolate happened to be on a holiday in Spain. I saw it on the Menu and ojukokoro a.k.a longer throat made me order it with shortbread for dessert. If I could lick the entire cup, I would have. One thing that I noticed was that it was spicy. I kept wondering why hot chocolate would be spicy, and I was itching to get back to the hotel, to whip out the iPad and find out what it was. Ever since that holiday, I have never bought Hot Chocolate from a cafe before, neither have I made Instant Hot chocolate again. The time you save to simply mix a powder out of a container with hot water, is not worth the deliciousness and comfort of making this by yourself.
For Valentines, romantic breakfast in bed, or even curling up on the sofa watching TV, this is the drink to do so. So, whether it is sub-zero temperature where you live, or you want to show that special someone how sweet they are to you, go Mexican and you will never go back.
You will need
150g chocolate (I used Galaxy) – let this be a chocolate bar you enjoy eating
Sugar – optional
1 teaspoon of dry pepper – or more
1 cinnamon stick
a dash of Vanilla
1 cup of milk
1 scoop of Vanilla Ice cream – optional, though it will make it more rich and cream
1. Temper the chocolate in a make shift Bain-marie. Dooney’s Kitchen Tip: a bain-marie is used to gradually melt the chocolate by using steam instead of direct heat. You can also do this in a microwave if you are strapped for time, but I prefer this method.
2. In a few minutes, the chocolate will melt completely, set it aside and let it keep warm so it doesn’t harden again.
3. While the chocolate is being tempered, heat up the milk with the grated nutmeg, one cinnamon stick and a dash of vanilla. The aroma from this, is so amazing. You’ll see.
4. Once the milk has bubble up and combined well with the other ingredients, add the tempered chocolate and stir.
5. Once it combines properly, add the ice cream (if you are using) and a teaspoon of dry pepper
6. Leave to boil until they all combine, leaving you a smooth creamy, spicy and delicious hot chocolate. and that’s it. How super quick and easy was that.
……………..Serve your Mexican Hot Chocolate in your favourite mug
Make it even more lush and romantic by topping up with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick to stir.
You really want to take it a step further, drizzle with chocolate sauce and chilli flakes
Now imagine, licking off all that chocolate. Get your mind out of the gutter, this blog is PG. Looooooooool