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Old 01-03-2008, 12:10 PM   #1
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How Do You Make Your Hot Chocolate?

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.


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Old 01-03-2008, 12:12 PM   #2
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I do it the old fashioned way I guess. One heaping spoonful of cocoa and one of sugar in a big mug, add just enough milk to make it a paste. Then I heat the milk on the stove (or in the microwave in a measuring cup) and pour it into the cup. Stir, top with whipped cream if we have it and chug!

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Old 01-03-2008, 12:20 PM   #3
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Melted bittersweet chocolate in a double boiler, milk, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla. If in the mood...a splash of Grande Marnier. But of course...I always share with my lovely lady!


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Old 01-03-2008, 12:27 PM   #4
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LOL... I tear open a little packet and add some water and Pepperment schnapps.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:49 PM   #5
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Hot water and/or milk
Some good cocoa mix (Not sure which we have right now, but it isn't Kroger brand )
A healthy shot of one of the following:
Bourbon (Oh, and don't worry Uncle Bob, this is what the Jim Beam is for!)
Butterscoth schnapps
Peppermint schnapps
Van Gough Espresso Vodka
Anything else that sounds interesting at the time


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Old 01-03-2008, 12:57 PM   #6
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another one who adds hot milk to the powder from a packet.

with 3 marshmallows, no more, no less.

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Old 01-03-2008, 01:27 PM   #7
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I make mine just like Alix. And at times like Bucky.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:29 PM   #8
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I make it the old fashioned way too, make a paste of cocoa, sugar, a bit of milk, then add the rest of the milk. I use the recipe on a geriatric can of hersey's cocoa, but I use the good stuff from Penzey's. I use the recipe to make one quart, but I add 5 to 6 cups of milk instead of 4 cups.

ouuuu I like the grand marnier, etc, ideas

yep, hot cocoa weather here today too. I presently am sending anti birthing vibrations to a goat who is due to kid today. So far, so good. If she will just wait until tomorrow, it will be so much warmer. And then in a week, I can make some really good hot chocolate
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Old 01-03-2008, 02:03 PM   #9
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Back in the old days - when I drank lots o' cawfee (bzzz bzzz), I would add half a cup of hot chocolate to half a cup of cawfee. Now it's hot choc with mini marshmallows floating on top - or whipped cream sprinkled with cocoa powder or nutmeg. Go easy on the vanilla. If you really want a treat, try making a Hot Chocolate Souffle - or on the cooler side - Serendipity's Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:25 PM   #10
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Bourbon (Oh, and don't worry Uncle Bob, this is what the Jim Beam is for!)
Now I know what to do with the stuff!!

Oh...More Ovaltine Please!

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