9: Thick and Rich Drinking Chocolate
I keep my house pretty cool in the winter, which means I often like to have a warm beverage in the evening. Most of the time this is tea, but I love hot cocoa as well.
I like to make hot chocolate from scratch to use up milk when I get close to the end date on it. This usually means adapting the recipe in my cookbook to use cocoa and low-fat milk, but I had a new recipe to try.
Having Thick and Rich Drinking Chocolate was like sipping on hot chocolate pudding. It’s okay if you’re into that kind of thing. I like dark chocolate a lot, but I wish this chocolate had a roundness to it. It wasn’t bad by any means. I think it could have been improved if I’d added a dash of salt to it, or a little vanilla. I think it was just a little too thick for my liking.
This recipe was fine, but I really think I prefer regular hot chocolate, either from a mix or from scratch.
For a somewhat light hot cocoa mix, try Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix. If you want something to combine with milk, try Decadent Hot Chocolate Mix (which is darker/richer) or Monster Hot Chocolate Mix (which is sweeter).
- 2 1/4 cup nonfat or lowfat milk
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
- Combine ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and serve.