Thick Hot Chocolate

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Author Notes: Another one of my favorite childhood beverages is this thick hot chocolate, perfect for dunking, which I dreamt about the other night, so had to make it, of course. (Anyone else out there who dream about food?) When my mom would make this for me, I felt like I was sipping a little of the chocolate river from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Imagination is a wonderful thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-uV72pQKI

For a minty version, substitute equal amounts of mint extract for the vanilla.
mrslarkin

Serves 1 chocoholic or several normal people

  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 - 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour (use greater amount for thicker hot chocolate)
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons turbinado sugar, or granulated (sweeten to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or mint extract for a minty version
  • whipped cream (optional, but totally awesome)
  1. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa, flour, sugar, espresso powder and salt. Mix together well.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the cream over medium-low heat, until it just starts to steam.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, add the cocoa mixture to the cream, and stir until blended. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until sugars dissolve, about 3 minutes.
  4. Gradually add the milk to the saucepan and stir to combine.
  5. Increase heat to medium. Stir continuously for about 10 minutes, until mixture thickens. You can feel with the spoon if the mixture starts sticking to the bottom. If so, reduce heat. Keep stirring. You're shooting for the consistency of a very loose pudding.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. You might see some lumps, but that's okay - they're yummy little nuggets of fudginess.
  7. Serve immediately. Hot chocolate will thicken more as it cools. Ladle into mugs, or little demitasse cups for when you've got company. Plop a fat marshmallow on top, or a little whipped cream, if desired.
  8. Serve with hot buttered toast for breakfast dunking. Or biscotti.
  9. Alternatively, the microwave works wonders if you need this ASAP. Heat cream for 1 1/2 minutes on high power. Whisk in dry ingredients until smooth. Whisk in milk and heat on high for 2 minutes. Whisk. Heat again for 2 minutes. Whisk. Check for desired thickness, and if necessary, heat again for a minute. Stir in extract. Pour into mugs. Top with whipped cream.
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Tags: breakfast, coffee, Desserts, hot chocolate, luscious

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8 months ago Trena

I've been cold all day! This delicious treat really warmed me up. Delicious!

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9 months ago ENunn

I am going to make this in four minutes. Can't wait.

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9 months ago Katheryn's Kitchen

All I can say is fab-u-lous!!! Will also try with coconut milk as noted below by Hardlikearmour!!! Yuuuummmmyyyyyyy....

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almost 3 years ago creamtea

I always tell my kids chocolate is good for them. It has a lot of iron. This looks very healthy.

o.k. I win the Bad Mommy Award.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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On the contrary, you're a very GOOD mommy!!

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almost 3 years ago creamtea

:)

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over 3 years ago MeghanVK

That title is killing me, also the serving size. This reminds me of visiting my aunt when I was little - I was allowed to put as much syrup as I wanted in my chocolate milk and I would make it to approximately this texture. Somehow I think I'll like this version better!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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ha! My daughter does that with the Hershey's syrup! Let me know if you try this one!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Bright idea, MrsL! I think I might try this with coconut milk, though will need to restock coconut milk first.

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Oh. my. dear. sweet. lord. If you try this with coconut milk please leave a comment about how it goes because in my imagination right now it is practically on par with visions of heaven!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL. I guess I'll have to make a trip to the market for that coconut milk. You should check out my fondue recipe if you're into coconut milk ;)

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Okay, I did it and Holy Cow!!! 1 can coconut milk, 2 T dutched cocoa, 1.5 t cornstarch, 2 T sugar, pinch salt, slightly heaping 1/2 t espresso powder, splash vanilla extract. It's like warm liquid pudding - ultra rich & chocolatey, not overly sweet, and with coconut undertones. It definitely 2 servings worth, even for me!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum!! I am so trying that when I feel better. I love it when recipes provide inspiration for others!

Raquel4

over 3 years ago RaquelG

Reminds me of the hot chocolate served in Spain with churros.... My favorite snack back in my student days after dancing all night. Nothing like chocolate and fat at 7am....

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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OMG that sounds so good!!!!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

I meant to add that this sounds delicious...if you add a couple of egg yolks, it would be pudding?

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks!! Yeah, I guess with a couple egg yolks, it would be pudding then! I may have to experiment with that sometime!

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

Oh! I just read this! Perfect for the Buttermilk Cookies that I dreamed about !

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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That sounds good, dymnyno!! Happy dunking!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I broke down and made this today (with Penzey's dutched cocoa & corn starch). Love the mouthfeel; it is much more decadent than normal hot chocolate. Thanks, mrslarkin, from my waistline!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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My waistline says you're welcome! Hey dairy is good for you, right? And cocoa's got TONS of antioxidants. ;)

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over 3 years ago testkitchenette

My chocolate addicted husband will love this...actually maybe even poured over ice cream...yum. I dream recipes also!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks tk, let me know if you try it!!

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

This reminds me of the hot chocolate I enjoyed in Italy, the kind that sticks to your teeth.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Never tried it when I was there Liz. I was too busy drinking cappuccinos, and stuff. ;)

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over 3 years ago Euro Kat

Hi, want to make this NOW but only have cornstarch. Would that work??

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Hope I'm not too late! You can definitely use cornstarch! I just mixed up a batch using 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Came out really nice. Let me know how it turns out for you!

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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I just read your tags on this recipe and you are cracking me UP!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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heehee! arielleclementine has funny tags too! she my inspiration!

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

Oh, that sounds sooooooo good!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thx nannydeb! And it's easy peasy too.

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Wow! You must have the luckiest kids in the neighborhood. I've only got Dutched cocoa right now, which is probably a good thing or I'd make and drink a whole batch.

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Not to put the peer pressure on you hla, but I think i am going to try this again with the Dutched. Initially I thought it would be too strong, but I just stuck a finger in my Droste cocoa and it's so so good!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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FYI, made it with Dutched this morning. Pretty darn good! I do prefer regular cocoa, but I am not complaining as I'm happily sipping thick hot chocolate on this cold winter morning.

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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If you had been complaining about Dutched-ness even while sitting there and sipping a thick hot chocolate, I think we would have needed to stage an intervention of some sort, hehe. :)

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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Holy Guacamole, warm almost pudding in a cup. Swoon! I dream recipes and food too!!!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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I know, right? Glad to know I'm not the only one who dreams about food (among other things). Thx, aargersi!

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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I totally dream recipes too! And I definitely dream about hot chocolate. Yum!!!...

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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haha!! Yay fiveandspice!