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    Hot Chocolate

    Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    Yesterday was cold. It was raining. Most parts of the house had been dark all day. The wee one and I spent the entire time indoors snuggled up and chasing one another around.

    Cheers!

    Run and Laugh

    But with eldest home and successfully studying her way to another A on her next Social Studies test,

    Studies

    it was time for a warm, delightful drink once the wee one was asleep.

    I broke out the hot chocolate.

    But this isn't your store bought mix. It's not your mother's hot chocolate either (or maybe it is). Much as I love Godiva's milk hot chocolate, every now and then I get the urge to fix it from scratch.

    So I do.

    It's simple, delicious, and be aware-very rich and thicker than what you might be used to. It's not diet-food, friends, and will definitely give your step some pep.

    And did I mention you get to actually chop the chocolate?

    Chopped

    Seriously. You've never had more fun in the kitchen until you chop chocolate.

    White Chocolate

    Suddenly you become very popular with your children!

    And when all is said and done, and your ingredients have melted together and are poured into your cup, it will also warm you from the inside out.

    Enjoy this tempting treat!

    Rich Hot Chocolate

    -2 1/2 cups whole milk
    -2 cups half-and-half (or 2 extra cups of milk if you want a less thick drink)
    -4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    -4 ounces milk chocolate (or white chocolate), chopped
    -1 tablespoon sugar
    -1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

    Heat milk and half and half in a saucepan on medium heat to just below the simmering point.


    Cream and Milk

    Remove the pan from the heat and add both types of chocolate.

    Roughly Chopped

    When they are melted, add the sugar, vanilla extract and whisk vigorously. When you're done, it should look like this.

    Hot Chocolate

    Reheat gently and serve immediately.

    Ladeling

    Can you say delicious?

    Pretty!

    I only make this hot chocolate made on certain occasions, and not very often (these hips would tell another tale if that weren't true!). But it's worth the little bit of effort. My bones no longer felt chilled and my little girl curled up like a content kitten in her bed afterwards, reading one of her Hardy Boys books.

    There's nothing quite like ending a cold, wet Fall day than with a delicious cup of hot chocolate.

    I hope y'all are able to enjoy the same!

    5 Responses to “
    Hot Chocolate

    Elizabeth said...

    i love those pjs. are they hannah anderson?

    thanks for sharing the recipe. it looks heavenly!

    The Southern Lady said...

    Thanks so much, Elizabeth! Believe it or not, those jammies are from Old Navy.

    The hot chocolate recipe is very good, but like I said, a bit thick and rich so we don't make it often. Save it for a special occasion.

    Ruth said...

    Sounds yummy! That is something that you can't have every day. I will have to try it at some point.
    He looks so cute in the pjs.

    The Southern Lady said...

    Agreed, Ruthie. You have to try it once the weather becomes consistently cold. You'll be craving it by then!

    Thanks! I'm glad we found them-and his size-when we did.

    Ruth said...

    I found some hot chocolate mix that will work when I can't make the one you posted. It is swiss miss mocha cappuccino.