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Volume III
January 18, 2013


Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n

Hot Chocolate that REALLY Packs a Punch!

By Sydney Hill

I was thinking about how bitter cold it is, and how good a cup of warm hot cocoa sounded. But sometimes I just get tired of the same old, same old. (I'm sorry, chocolate, I don't mean to offend you. I just wanted something new and exciting!) I hope just plain old chocolate will forgive me. There's always room in my heart for it. But, seriously, these just sounded extra good. I tried to find recipes that had 4 stars or more (out of 5). So not only do they sound good, but hopefully they really are good!

I chose these because white chocolate cocoa from actual chocolate sounded heavenly, whipped hot chocolate sounded scrumptiously creamy, pumpkin spice sounded burstfully flavorful, and hot chocolate eggnog I found because I thought that might be a good combination. I didn't find one that has actual eggnog in the recipe (unless it was alcoholic and that's not what I wanted). So if any of you have a recipe for it, would you mind sharing it? It would make mine and all of our days just a little more splendid. I might experiment with it. If I find something good, I'll let you know!


Snowflake Cocoa


Ingredients:
2 cups whipping cream
6 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate chips

Garnish:
Whipped Cream
Candy Canes


Directions:
1 Stir together the whipping cream, milk, vanilla, and white chocolate chips in a slow cooker.
2 Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate chips are melted. Stir again before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and candy canes, as desired.


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Whipped Hot Chocolate


Ingredients:
1 cup milk
1/3 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons sweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint salt
2 (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken into pieces
1 cup heavy cream


Directions:
1 Heat milk in a small saucepan over low heat until the milk begins to steam. Whisk in the sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and salt until dissolved. Stir in the chocolate until melted. Remove saucepan from heat, and allow to cool slightly.
2 Beat the heavy cream in large mixing bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the whipped cream into the hot chocolate. Serve immediately.


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Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate


Ingredients:
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon baking cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup whipped cream
1 pinch ground cinnamon, optional
1 pinch groung nutmeg, optional


Directions:
1 Whisk milk, cream, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder together in a saucepan over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted and hot chocolate is smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated.
2 Pour hot chocolate into 2 mugs. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over whipped cream.


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Hot Chocolate Eggnog


Ingredients:
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Directions:
1 In container of electric blender of food processor, combine egg, milk, water, cocoa and nutmeg, blend until well mixed.
2 Transfer mixture to top of a double boiler.
3 Hear stirring occasionally, until mixture is steaming.
4 Do not boil.
5 Serve immediately.
Serves 1 1/2 cups


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References:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/snow-flake-cocoa/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=hot%20cocoa&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/whipped-hot-chocolate/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=hot%20cocoa&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-hot-chocolate/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=hot%20cocoa&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Recipe
http://www.epicurus.com/beverages/hot-chocolate-eggnog/3176

Image snowflake cocoa
http://img4-2.myrecipes.timeinc.net/i/recipes/oh/wwar06/white-hot-chocolate-oh-l.jpg

Image whipped cocoa
http://images.media-allrecipes.com/userphotos/250x250/00/51/72/517255.jpg

Image Pumpkin Cocoa
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/cm/goodhousekeeping/images/Tq/pumpkin-spiced-hot-chocolate.jpg

Image Eggnog Cocoa
http://www.epicurus.com/beverages/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/hot-chocolate-eggnog-150x150.jpg


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