Grownup Hot Chocolate & Hot Cocoa
The weather here has been pretty miserable for the last little while - TONS of rain, heavy winds, and pretty cold on top of it. Many of my friends have flooding in their homes, and I'm just super thankful we live up on the hill.
We spent yesterday morning running errands in that nonsense, and ended up soaked to the bone while grocery shopping in a walk-in fridge. Getting home from THAT, all I wanted to do was make a big pot of boozy hot chocolate.
As I whipped it up, I realized that I'd promised some friends my hot chocolate recipes a few months ago. Whoops. I've been super swamped with "Beyond Flour - A New Kind of Gluten-Free Cookbook", and with costuming orders. It's been a while since I posted anything at all - sorry about that! Things should clear up in a month or two, I expect you won't be able to shut me up, then!
Anyway - hot chocolate. I actually have two recipes for you today, because I do differentiate between "hot chocolate" and "hot cocoa". "Chocolate" using chocolate, and "cocoa" using cocoa. Easy, eh? 🙂
Both of these recipes are the way *I* like it - so ridiculously rich, that 1 coffee mug is enough. I would never be able to drink these in huge, gas station sized cups. It's diabetes in a cup! When it's cold and rainy, though - perfect. Feel free to thin them down with additional milk, if you'd like something a bit more ... chuggable.
Also, while I advocate always having a baggie of vanilla beans on hand (they can be obtained from Amazon at reasonable prices!), I get that not everyone does. SO, if you don't have a bean, just add one tsp of really good vanilla extract right before serving.
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