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Warm And Rich Beverage: Dark Mocha Hot Chocolate

One of our favorite things to do when it’s cold out is to curl up with a huge cup of hot chocolate. Any kind will do, but our favorite is the mocha hot chocolate. There’s a little kick of caffeine along with the rich and creamy chocolate flavor, and it absolutely hits the spot. Whether you’re making this for a 5-year-old (and in that case, please omit the espresso powder) or a 55-year-old, this recipe is perfection and will instantly perk up the person drinking it, even before the caffeine kicks in; it’ll make you smile and give you a little boostwho doesn’t want that?!

Warm And Rich Beverage: Dark Mocha Hot Chocolate

Mocha Hot Chocolate

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus extra for garnish
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  • 3/4 tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • whipped cream, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat milk and heavy cream over medium heat and bring to a low simmer. Be careful not to boil it.
  2. Combine cocoa powder, sugar, espresso powder and 1 pinch salt together in a small bowl.
  3. Slowly whisk cocoa mixture into the warm milk and turn heat down to low.
  4. Continue stirring until hot chocolate is smooth and there are no lumpy pieces, then pour and mix in vanilla extract.
  5. Pour hot chocolate into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Recipe adapted from Half-Baked Harvest

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