Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Simple Hot Cocoa - Recipe

I wanted hot cocoa one day and the only hot chocolate mix my family had had milk ingredients in it. So I resorted to melting a couple pieces of dark chocolate and mixing it with vanilla soy milk. It made the best hot cocoa I've ever had. It's creamy and smooth and great for satisfying those chocolate cravings. 

I enjoy it in the morning with toasted bread and Earth Balance butter. I grew up in a Romanian household and something my family does a lot is dipping over toasted, buttered bread in our hot cocoa. It's actually really good. 

  • 1 mugful of vanilla soy milk (or your preferred milk alternative i.e. almond, rice, etc) If you don't like soy, I       recommend rice milk. I find almond and and coconut milk don't work well for hot beverages.
  • 2 pieces of Swiss Delice Dark Chocolate (can be found at Costco) or your favorite dark chocolate brand. 
  • 2-3 tsp of brown sugar (if you used plain milk instead of vanilla)
  • 2 tsp of oil (rice bran oil is the healthiest to cook with)


Heat the oil on medium heat and add chocolate pieces in a small pot. Once chocolate is melted, add a small amount of milk to blend the chocolate with the milk. Keep on adding the milk in slowly until the chocolate has completely melted again. Add sugar if you want it sweeter. Heat until the milk starts to foam. 

Serve into mug and use a spoon to strain the the foam. Add foam once you're done pouring. 

If you'd like, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top to add some flare to your hot cocoa.

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