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3 DIY Hot Chocolate Recipes
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Hot Chocolate Facts And Trivia
Montezuma the Aztec Emperor drank 50 cups of hot chocolate each and every day in a decorated solid gold goblet. That goblet is now on display in Spain.
Four million pounds of whole milk is used every day by US Chocolate Manufacturers to make chocolate.
Do you know that 66 percent of all the chocolate consumed in America is consumed between meals.
More chocolate and hot chocolate is consumed in winter than at any other time of the year.
It was chocolate syrup that was used for the blood in the Alfred Hitchcock movie Psycho. The scene in the move lasted for only 45 seconds but it took seven days to film.
Christopher Columbus brought back cacao beans ( Chocolate ) to Spain on his fourth journey in 1502. From there it quickly made its way all over Europe and was quite expensive at that time.
It is now known that cacao beans were making their way up into what is now the southwestern USA and the Gulf area hundreds if not thousands of years before the time of Columbus. So much more travel, trade, and exploring was going on than we ever knew about previously.
The country music star Cole Porter had a thing for chocolate and fudge. He had nine pounds of it a month shipped to him from his hometown. He drank three cups of homemade hot chocolate each morning. He said he never found a ready made mix that tasted right.
The state of Hawaii is the only US state that produces cacao beans that are sold for making chocolate.
Did you know that in the United States that chocolate candy out sells all other candy 3-1. You could say that Americans love chocolate. The most sold candy bar is the, " Three Musketeer Bar " followed by the Baby Ruth Bar. In case you don't know the Baby Ruth Bar was named for Baseball Super Star, Babe Ruth.
Seven Billion pounds of chocolate candy is manufactured in the United States each year.
And in 2001 Americans consumed half of that astounding seven billion pounds of chocolate. I know I ate my share of it.
Cacao beans were used as currency when Spain attacked and destroyed the Aztec Empire. The average daily wage was 100 cacao beans. At the time a turkey cost 100 beans while a tamale was 1 bean. Maybe we should start using candy bars as currency.
Did you know that most of the ready to use hot chocolate mixes contain little or no chocolate but are instead filled with artificial flavorings. So you really are a lot better off to follow the recipes on this page and make your own hot chocolate.
Is There A Party Going On In Your Cocoa Mug?
Hot Cocoa or Hot Chocolate is the ultimate comfort beverage. I don't know about in other parts of the United States but in North Carolina children live for Hot Chocolate or Hot Cocoa for breakfast or with breakfast. As a small child growing up I was always begging my Grandmother and Mother to make Hot Cocoa especially on cold winter mornings. And usually especially in winter we would be treated to Hot Cocoa at least a couple of mornings a week in winter.
When I was a child our Hot Cocoa didn't come out of a little pack that you stirred up with hot water in a coffee mug. No my Grandmother took her time and chopped up fresh white chocolate fine and she would grind white peppercorns for white pepper to go in the delicious Hot Cocoa she would make. And that is one of the recipes for Hot Cocoa that I'm going to share with you.
Recipe For My Grandmothers Delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa
1. Three To Four Pinches Of Fresh Ground White Pepper.
2. Six Cups Whole Milk.
3. Two Cups Half And Half Cream.
4. One Pound White Bakers Chocolate Chopped Up Very Fine.
5. Large Marshmallows To Go On Top Of The Cocoa.
6. Ground Cinnamon To Sprinkle On Top Of The Marshmallows.
You will want to start by putting all your ingredients on in a large non stick saucepan and you want to wait until everything else is almost at a boil before you add the fine chopped white bakers chocolate to your mixture. Stir it frequently until you are sure the chocolate is melted thoroughly and stir with a wire whisk to make sure everything is well mixed up. Once the mixture almost comes back to a boil have your large coffee mugs waiting and pour the mixture out into the large coffee mugs. Add a couple of large marshmallows to the top of each mug and sprinkle the top with cinnamon.
Be sure you tell who ever you serve the delicious Homemade Cocoa to that it is very hot and you may want to serve the Cocoa with a spoon in each coffee mug so that each person can stir their marshmallows into their Hot Cocoa as they melt.
The three to four pinches of fresh ground white pepper goes in the pot when you are heating the milk and half and half up before you add the chopped up white chocolate. If you've never had Homemade Hot Cocoa made this way then you just have to try it. No powder that you add hot water to will ever taste like this.
I've made this recipe and served it for years. Everyone that tries it says its the best hot chocolate that they have ever tasted in their life. If you could package this recipe and sell it I guarantee you would have a best seller here.
Toppings For Your Cup Of Hot Chocolate.
Try toppings for your cup of hot chocolate like shaved chocolate curls, half's of strawberries, mini marshmallows, Oreo cookies, Oreo cookie crumbs, chocolate syrup, or drop a chocolate covered cherry in the cup of steaming hot chocolate and allow it to melt.
Hot Chocolate Milk Shake
Make a big mug of hot chocolate with all the toppings you want to add to it and then puree it along with vanilla ice cream in a blender. Your going to end up with one of the best milk shakes you'll ever drink in your life. Top your hot chocolate milk shake with whipped cream topping and a cherry. I sometimes sprinkle fine crumbled Oreo cookie crumbs on top of the cool whipped topping. Try it and I bet you'll love it.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe
Delicious Dark Spicy Cocoa
Here is a delicious Dark Spicy Cocoa that will have you wondering now why in the world would I have never thought of that. The secret ingredient in this Dark Spicy Cocoa is dried Ancho Chile Powder. You can purchase the dried Ancho Chile Powder just below.
This Dark Spicy Cocoa to some people is the best Hot Cocoa that they have ever tasted. I don't really recommend this Hot Cocoa drink for young children but teenagers and adults love it. What makes the Cocoa so good is that the chocolate is melted into the milk and makes one of the richest most delicious cocoa drinks that you will ever taste.
For Your Dark Spicy Cocoa Drink You Will Need.
1. Twelve Ounces Bitter Sweet Chocolate Chopped Up Very Fine.
2. Four Cups Whole Milk.
3. Two Cups Half And Half Cream.
4. One Half Cup Cocoa Powder.
5. One Fourth Cup White Granulated Sugar.
6. One Teaspoon Ancho Chili Powder.
You want to put all these ingredients into a non stick sauce pan and you want to bring it up to almost a boil stirring with a wire whisk to be sure that your cocoa is well mixed and thast the chocolate melts into the beverage.
Set your large cocoa mugs up with a spoon in each and then pour each mug two thirds of the way full with the hot cocoa. Now put a large spoon full of almost frozen cool whip in the top of each cup of hot cocoa. Sprinkle just a little bit of Ancho Chili Powder on the cool whip in each cocoa mug. I guarantee you that you'll love this delicious hot chocolate drink. It is oh so delicious. If you make this hot cocoa please post a comment. Or post your comments, questions, or tips about hot cocoa now. And thanks for reading the recipe.
Hot Chocolate 3 Delicious Ways
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
Yes even in Hot Chocolate. That is yes I put peanut butter even in homemade hot cocoa. I have this thing for peanut butter but let me tell you. You'll never believe how very delicious this hot cocoa is until you make it and give it a try.
I know it will take a little effort to put this together but its well worth the effort. Once you taste it I guarantee you will make more.
For Your Chocolate Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate You Will Need.
1. Four Tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter.
2. One Pound Milk Chocolate Cut Up Very Fine.
3. Eight Cups Whole Milk.
4. Two Cups Half And Half Cream.
Now you will want to start by bringing your milk and half and half almost to a boil but not quite. Reduce the heat slightly and stir in your cut up milk chocolate and your peanut butter. Use a wire whisk to be sure all your ingredients get mixed up together very well.
The peanut butter gets cooked up in the hot chocolate and it gives the cup of hot chocolate a flavor like you would never believe. I like to use Jiff Peanut Butter but you can use your favorite brand of peanut butter.
Set up your hot cocoa mugs and pour each mug two thirds full of your hot cocoa. Then fill the top of each mug with cool whip and sprinkle very fine chopped milk chocolate on the top of the cool whip on the top of each mug.
I want to thank you for taking the time to read this recipe and I hope you'll post a comment below. Please feel free to post your comments, tips, or suggestions below. And thanks very much for your time.
© 2011 Thomas Byers