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Posted by Chocolatier Jason Vishnefske on April 10, 2017
Best Hot Chocolate Recipes
Hot chocolate, a sweet heated cocoa beverage created by the Maya more than 2,000 years ago. Normally in The United States people have thought of hot chocolate as being reserved only for cold weather while in other parts of the world all ages enjoy hot chocolate year round all day long.
In South America hot chocolate is a part of everyday life. Served in the afternoon with cinnamon spiced long doughnuts called churros, hot chocolate service is much like tea time in Britain. Fortunately, hot chocolate is gaining popularity here in the USA, and with easy online shopping of high quality cocoa ingredients, hot chocolate consumption has expanded from the winter environment to a year round subtle indulgence that everyone enjoys.
Dr. Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma published the first hot chocolate recipe around the year 1631 in a book called “A Curious Treatise of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate”; the recipe was:
“Take one hundred cocoa beans, two chillies, a handful of anise seed and two pods vanilla (two pulverized Alexandria roses can be substituted), two drams of cinnamon, one dozen almonds and the same amount of hazelnuts, half a pound of white sugar and enough annatto to give some color. And there you have the king of chocolates.”
Below we are going to share with you three amazing and really simple recipes to make the best homemade hot chocolate. Because the chocolate is the main ingredient, we are going to use just organic dark chocolate from Santa Barbara Chocolate.
For the basic hot chocolate:
For the topping:
Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
The combination of chocolate and cinnamon is glorious! I totally recommend you sprinkle ground cinnamon over your favorite chocolate frosting, it is amazing. Best part is that both, dark chocolate and cinnamon have many health benefits, do you need another reason to try this fantastic cinnamon hot chocolate?
For the cinnamon hot chocolate:
Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
There are two kind of people, peanut butter and jelly ones and peanut butter and chocolate; guess our favorite side?This peanut butter hot chocolate is my favorite because it is tasty and thick, the perfect snack.
For the peanut butter hot chocolate: