Drink up!

 

Happy almost spring! I'm one of those people who will drink an iced beverage anytime of the year, whether it's a smoothie or a cold lemonade. For example, this past winter, I ordered an iced coffee or an iced latte every time I went to a coffee shop. However, there are a few times during the season when I'm craving something warm and that happened to be the other day after I finished shoveling all the snow in my driveway. I decided to make homemade hot chocolate. YUM! After you taste it, you'll want to make it all year round! 

 
 
 Yields: 2 servings

Yields: 2 servings

 

INGREDIENTS

Homemade whipped cream

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar (optional)


Hot chocolate

  • 60g (about 1/2 cup) dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups 2% milk
 

PROCEDURE:
Make sure your heavy whipping cream is chilled. Pour the cream and the sugar into a bowl. Next, whisk your arms away. You could even skip arm day because you'll definitely get a workout by doing this. Keep whisking until soft peaks form.

Next, in a saucepan, bring the milk to a boil under meadium-high heat. Once the milk starts boiling, lower the heat and add the chocolate and the cornstarch. Keep stirring until all the chocolate is melted and the cornstarch is dissolved. Pour your hot chocolate in a mug, spoon your whipped cream on top, stir, and enjoy! 

TIPS:
- I added the sugar because it gives the whipped cream a little added sweetness.
- It helps if both the bowl and the heavy whipping cream is chilled before whisking.
- If you'd like a slightly thicker hot chocolate, reduce your milk by 1/2 cup - 1 cup.

 
 
 
 
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