Is there anything more pleasant that drinking something hot to offset this awesome cold front? I think not, especially when it is hot chocolate. It is something that will take anyone back to when they were kids and your mom or dad would make you a nice hot cup on winter days like these. And trust me when I say that you are never too old for hot chocolate.
Chef Jorge’s Special Hot Chocolate:
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup hot water
4 cups (1 qt.) milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
(Optional) 2 oz of coffee liquor
Bring water to a boil, or microwave for 1:20 and stir in salt, vanilla, sugar and cocoa powder.
Microwave the milk for about a minute and whisk or buzz in the blender to get to foam
carefully add the milk to your cup to not break up the foam, then pour in chocolate mix
(optional) add in the coffee liquor, stir, and enjoy.
You could substitute the cocoa for a chocolate hazelnut spread (4 tbs) to change the flavor profile, but only use ¼ cup of sugar and add mint extract.
For those not worried about calories, use heavy whipping cream to get a much more frothy and silkier product.