Google has been such a big help in finding great recipes. This next recipe, was inspired by a blog I found called Live, Love, Pasta. If you are reading this, and want to be inspired, check these wonderful people out! So, now for the hot chocolate! These bloggers love to drink hot chocolate from Italy. The biggest difference from other hot chocolate recipes is mainly high quality and thickness. Let’s face it, powdered hot chocolate is not that great and buying hot chocolate every time from a coffee shop can be overpriced.
What you will need:
1 1/2 cups of half and half (I used Safeway O-Organic)
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch (I used Kingsford brand)
3 tablespoons of sugar (I used the Slpenda brown sugar mix)
3 ounces of chocolate ( I used local high quality made semisweet chocolate chips)
In a bowl, combine 3 tablespoons of the half-and-half with the cornstarch, whisking until smooth. It is important that there are no lumps. Place the remaining half-and-half in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. When the half-and-half begins to bubble around the edges whisk in the sugar. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture until the half-and-half thickens slightly, usually less than a minute. Add chocolate chips and let simmer or until the chocolate has melted.
Next time, I want to buy a bar of chocolate and chop in finely like livelovepasta.com recommends it. I just thought the chips would save time but it ended up taking longer to enjoy.
This will be very rich, savory, and thick. As a warning, this should only be had out of a cute personalized mug. It just tastes better and the hot chocolate deserves it!
-Girl in Pigtails