December 25, 2010

Christmas Hot Chocolate

Christmas morning, fresh snow on the ground. Is there a better time for hot chocolate? I think not. Here's what I made this Christmas morning while admiring the fresh snow.

Hot Chocolate
½ cup half-and-half
1½ cups whole milk, ½ cup reserved
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 oz shaved chocolate
1 teaspoon Chambord

Mix the half-and-half with 1 cup whole milk in a small saucepan and set over gentle heat. Meanwhile, whisk the cocoa powder into the reserved ½ cup cold whole milk, then add the vanilla and cinnamon. When the heated milk is drinking hot, whisk in the reserved mixture. Add the shaved chocolate and "correct" with the Chambord. If there are many small ones around, add more Chambord to the adult portions.

Fröhliche Weihnachten. Buon Natale. Joyeux Noël. 圣诞快乐. Feliz Navidad. สุขสันต์วันคริสตร์มาส. メリークリスマス. Merry Christmas!


  1. Looks like a perfect grown-up hot chocolate to me. Happy holidays!

  2. Great recipe! A warm cup of hot chocolate is definitely one of my favorite seasonal treats. Merry Christmas!

  3. Sounds fabulous! Merry Christmas!

  4. Spicy hot chocolate! What a warming drink for a cold winter day! Hope you have wonderful holidays ^_^

  5. Beautiful! It wouldn't be Christmas without a cup of this hot drink!

  6. Looks tasty! I especially like the instruction to add more Chambord if there are little ones around! Merry Christmas!

  7. Love this adult version of hot chocolate!

  8. What a gorgeous bottle of vanilla! I am going to be scoping some of that out next time I am in Mexico :-)

  9. I was so floored that you commented on my little foodie blog the other day that I just had to come out of hiding where I lurk, er um quietly appreciate, as I am amazed at your posts. Wonderful hot chocolate! Just love that you added Mexican vanilla extract and the Chambord (always love the Chambord)

  10. You made a beautiful bread and wrote an interesting post that deserved it's Top 9!