Monday, January 26, 2015

Dark and Rich Homemade Hot Chocolate {SRC}

This month for the Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Curious Cuisiniere. This blog is by Sarah and Tim who strive for eating wholesome. Meaning real food, real ingredients. I am all for that, more so now then ever before with the baby on the way. I really enjoyed exploring all the potential recipes.  They had all sorts of recipes - sweets and savory as well as different ethnic cuisines. 

I ended up making her recipe for Dark and Rich Homemade Hot Chocolate.  This was really out of necessity. I have been having a nightly mug of hot chocolate every night for the past several weeks. I am starving for dinner by 5:30 but if I don't eat again before bed I wake up in the middle of the night hungry. Clearly this baby is her mother's child.  Never too long without eating. Anyway, the mug of hot chocolate fills me up before bed. Well, the other night we ran out of my hot chocolate mix.  Before my panic state set in I remembered seeing a recipe on Curious Cuisiniere. I made it and it was wonderful. And then I knew I had to share the recipe with others. 

Before my little hot chocolate fiasco turned wonderful nightly snack I was eyeing her Cake Mix S'mores bars, Nutella Swirl Banana bread, and the Slow Cooker Jerk Pork. Just recently she made Jalapeno Popper Potato Skins. Yep, those will be making an appearance soon. 

Anyway, this is about my forth round of this recipe. I finally made some when it was not already dark out.  Fake lighting = bad photos.  I don't really like marshmallows or whipped cream on my hot chocolate but they would be great additions if you like that kind of thing. 

With the colder temperatures and snow coming our way, I know I will be making more and more of this hot chocolate. 

Dark and Rich Hot Chocolate

by Emily Morris
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: beverage chocolate winter
Ingredients (serves 4)
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 4 c skim milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
In a 2 qt saucepan, melt butter with honey over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk in cocoa powder until dissolved and smooth.

Add milk slowly, whisking constantly, bringing to a simmer.

Add salt and vanilla (and additional honey if necessary) to taste. Simmer 2-3 minutes until frothy.

Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.
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  1. That looks DIVINE!! Definitely need to give the homemade version a try! Yumm!

  2. Perfect hot chocolate weather here too. Great choice this month.

  3. Looks delicious! We eat dinner between 5:30-6, so I need something before bed. I have been having hot apple cider, but may have to switch to this ;)


  4. Very interesting recipe for hot chocolate.... I like the use of honey to sweeten it, and I can see how a cup of this concoction would be perfect right before going to sleep....

  5. Perfect bedtime treat! I'll take mine with marshmallows please =)

  6. Yum, this would be perfect with our dreary weather. I feel like I am constantly eating too. Lately, I have needed a 10 pm snack before bed. Will definitely give this a try.

  7. This is the perfect treat for my snow day tomorrow! I love that there is butter in it (what isn't better with butter?). Great pick!

  8. I did a lot of craving of chocolate when I was pregnant with my daughter. This pregnancy has me all about fruit and smoothies. I totally have the middle of the night wake up hunger pains too :(

    My daughter has been asking for me to make hot cocoa for a while now - I really need to! I have everything on hand for this recipe! Happy reveal day!

  9. butter in hot chocolaaaate??! WHAAAA? DELISH!

  10. I love homemade hot chocolate and this version looks delicious!

  11. I like your idea of a bedtime snack! I have a feeling the baby will be a chocolate lover, too :)

  12. Wonderful and Heavenly! Great SRC pick~Lynn

  13. Yum! I've never made hot cocoa from scratch but it sounds amazing!! Great pick!

  14. Oh yes, rich hot chocolate - the perfect pre-bedtime treat. Great choice.

  15. I make hot chocolate from scratch (especially for the Hubs when he finishes plowing out our driveway after blizzards ... like this morning) but never thought to add butter. YUMMY idea!

  16. So glad you liked the Hot Chocolate, Emily! Thanks for reminding me that we need to make that again soon!

  17. Homemade hot chocolate is the best, especially when the snow is falling outside. Excellent choice this month :)

  18. Ooooh, that looks SO good! And totally perfect for all the snow we've had. :) Visiting from Group A :)

  19. I have never thought to add butter to hot chocolate, but I bet it adds a delicious richness to it. Yum!


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