Saturday, December 25, 2010

Holiday Treats Day 24: Creamy Dreamy Hot Cocoa

Twas the Night before Christmas.... and all through the house... we were all snuggled on the coach... watching "It's A Wonderful Life"... drinking some wonderful coco! Merry Christmas!

½ Cup Dark Chocolate Chips
½ Cup heavy Cream

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
 Dash of Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Whipped Cream

Heat Heavy Cream in microwave safe bowl on medium heat for 20-30 seconds. DO NOT BURN. Pour over Dark Chocolate Chips. Let sit for a few min.

While Cream and Chocolate are resting, Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn't scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Pour cream and chocolate carefully into pan with other chocolate mixture. Add the half and half cream to the cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

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