Hot Chocolate like you’ve never seen before!
As the cooler weather rolls in, the leaves change color, and we break out our knit sweaters it is clear that some things are undeniable fall. During the autumn months, besides spooning a warm blanket by the fire, there’s nothing I crave more then sipping rich, full flavored warm cups of teas, coffees and hot chocolate!
Warm beverage flavors for this time of year offer something exciting for everyone: pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, chai and plenty of mocha or chocolate (HELLO!)! For example, here is the Starbucks lineup of autumn drinks: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Salted Caramel Mocha, Chocolate Chai Tea Latte! David’s Teas and Teaopia do not disappoint either, with chocolaty teas flavored with actual chocolate pieces such as mint chocolate, rooibos chocolate rum, and raspberry chocolate!
As you can see, chocolate is often used as an ingredient in autumn inspired teas and coffees’, however, hot chocolate on its own is still also a HOT commodity!
Hot chocolate has changed over the years… this ain’t your grannies cup of cocoa anymore! A new age of high quality hot chocolate is less about cocoa powder, that has the cocoa butter squeezed out of it, and more about using actual chocolate wafers to create hot chocolate in it’s thick and rich liquid form. Further, it’s more about the flavors of the chocolate and less about the sweetness. Try adding spices such as chili, ginger or cinnamon for flavors that pair well with the bold molasses flavor of chocolate.
For those who enjoy coffee as well as chocolate- good news for you: the coffee world and chocolate world are colliding as new trends include brewing cacao beans into a syrup and sweetening with sugar cane. Ground roasted cacao beans that can be brewed using the standard auto-drip or an expresso machine is another coffee inspired trick. This ground cacao that is brewed is called “Choffy” and this as well as other “brewed hot chocolate” products have been selling in several markets!
Hot Chocolate Recipe by Chocolate Tales:
Makes about 4 cups of Hot Chocolate
- 1 cups Belgian Dark Chocolate Wafers
- 0.5 cup Belgian Milk Chocolate Wafers
- 1/2 tsp or to taste Cocao Powder
- 1 Tbsp Sugar or 3-4 Marshmallows
- 500 ml Milk
For the flavor queens and kings, add spices such as chili, ginger, a peppermint stick or cinnamon!!