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Old 02-23-2013, 06:27 PM   #31
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Husband has blood sugar issues, and hot chocolate isn't a favorite of mine. So ... my recipe is to go to the store, and find the lowest carb count per cup. Looks like brown water to me, but my husband can put a drop of rum in it and be happy.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:02 PM   #32
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Husband has blood sugar issues, and hot chocolate isn't a favorite of mine. So ... my recipe is to go to the store, and find the lowest carb count per cup. Looks like brown water to me, but my husband can put a drop of rum in it and be happy.
The Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Sensation is not too bad, Claire. 24g carbs if made with water. I use the hot chocolate as my before bed snack.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:09 PM   #33
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I love it. There are so many different path's to reach the glorious destination! I'm totally down with the bourbon part. And I've done Bailey's. And Kahlua. And even rum. Quit looking at me like that.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:19 PM   #34
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I love it. There are so many different path's to reach the glorious destination! I'm totally down with the bourbon part. And I've done Bailey's. And Kahlua. And even rum. Quit looking at me like that.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:15 AM   #35
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Our adult daughter and I did the Italy tour bus thing for a week that included New Year's in 1998. We were in Florence one bitterly cold morning for us at least (from S. Florida) and everybody went into a little coffee shop to have something hot to drink while we were touring. DD absolutely hates coffee in any form so she decided to order the hot chocolate. It took FOREVER for them to make. Me and the other 3 we were with were all on our second cup of cappucino or espresso when it finally came. Oh my, it was like molten chocolate and she was in heaven. We all had to have a taste. It was worth every single minute it took to get it. We all wanted to take it away from her. This recipe from a chocolatier that was on Paula Deen's show is the closest I've been able to come to it.

Vanilla Custard:
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 1/2 cups milk, divided
1/2 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise, or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Hot Chocolate:
7 ounces (2 chocolate bars) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup milk, boiled

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Sprinkle the cornstarch over about 1/2 cup of the milk in a small bowl and whisk to dissolve. Add egg yolks and sugar and whisk well.

Over low heat, in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups of milk and the vanilla bean just to a simmer. Remove the bean, scraping the vanilla seeds into the milk, and discard the bean. Gradually whisk the egg yolk mixture into the milk.

Cook until the sauce comes to a full boil, whisking often, about 3 minutes. If using vanilla extract, stir in now. Strain the mixture through a wire sieve into a bowl.

Add the chopped chocolate chunks to the vanilla cream and a boiled cup of milk. Mix until smooth. Serve hot.

The semi-sweet chocolate can be substituted with milk or white chocolate.

Since it is so rich and there is only 2 of us now, I usually make the whole recipe, let what's left cool, refrigerate and reheat as needed over the next day or 2.

Sometimes you also have to add more milk to thin it out as otherwise you have thin but very rich chocolate pudding, but it should be a very thick drink.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:44 AM   #36
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did you know that those little pastel-colored marshmallows you get in lucky charms cereal can be bought all by themselves in a bag? yess--dehydrated mini marshmallows!! they are a super fun topping for a mug of hot chocolate, or coffee, if you like. too bad, i had to go and find out that they also make super yummy snacks straight out of the bag....
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:13 PM   #37
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It's SO cold and blustery here today and all I can think of to warm up a bit is a good cup of hot chocolate. It got me to thinking of all of the different ways to make basic hot cocoa and all of the great things you can do to add variations.

So....how do you like your hot chocolate?

At home, usually since time's of essence, I like to heat some milk (either stove or microwave) and add in some chocolate syrup or Ovaltine. If I have time though, I love to slowly heat a few squares of chocolate into milk on the stove and add a good splash of vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon.
Green and Blacks hot chocolate powder (not straight cocoa) with hot milk and a substantial slug of Cointreau or other Orange liqueur. A friend likes it with Crème de Menthe
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #38
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I like it with Carnation Chocolate Malt stirred into regular milk and heated. Don't normally put marshmallows on top but won't turn them down. I just don't have them in the house on a regular basis.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #39
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Hershey's cocoa, canned milk, hot water, and a giant dollop of Marshmallow Fluff on top. At the end of the cup you have a chocolate, marshmallow mustache that you lick off. My mother made this for me every morning with two slices of toast for dunking.
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Old 09-24-2013, 10:07 PM   #40
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I usually add a few spoonsful of Nestle' Quik into a half-cup of milk, nuke until warm so I can mix the powder into the milk with a whisk, then nuke until hot. I have one cupworth left of a bottle of "Silly Cow Farms" hot chocolate mix that I bought mostly for the cute little half-pint glass milk bottle with a cow on the front, but the mix is pretty darned good! I was going to have a cup of hot chocolate with a glug of creme de cocoa in it but after the baseball game I'm listening to I could have a cup of creme de cocoa and skip the hot chocolate.
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