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How to Make Great Drinking Chocolate


Hot chocolate is one of thoses childhood drinks that are amazing. It doesn't matter how old or young you are - everybody loves a good hot chocolate.
I've followed hundreds of different recipes but my all time favorite is this one. It's actually a Parisian hot chocolate recipe so not only does it taste great but it sounds very fancy.
Ingredients:
2 cups full fat milk
5 oz (130g) of good quality bittersweet chocolate ie high percentage of cocoa - chopped small
2 tablespoons of brown sugar (to taste).
Method:
1. Heat the milk in a medium pan
2. When the milk is warm whisk in the chocolate and stir until melted and very hot.
3. Cook on a low boil light for about 3 minutes but whisk constantly. Make sure it doesn't boil over.
4.Taste it and add sugar if desired.
Serve in small coffee cups for a really sophisticated look.

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My mum loves hot chocolate and I thought a gift set of some kind would be great for her birthday. Any ideas?


Here are some sites that specialize in chocolates and also sell drinking chocolate. Their gift boxes are a really nice way of combining your mum's love of hot chocolate with something a bit special.

http://www.divinechocolate.com/shop/chocolate-gift-sets

http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/product/couture_cocoas_giftbox/drinking_chocolates

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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I love ginger and I think it would go really well with drinking chocolate. Anyone know any recipes they can suggest?


Thorntons make really great chocolates and they sell a ginger hot chocolate that looks amazing.

http://www.thorntons.co.uk/product/Chocolate-Toffee-Fudge/Hot-Chocolate/Ginger-Hot-Chocolate-350g/pc/2198/c/2211/332.uts


If you want to make your own you can try blending some fresh ginger, orange zest and vanilla extract. Then add cocoa powder and mix with milk in the same way you would normally prepare hot chocolate. Add sugar to taste.

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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Is it ok to drink hot chocolate during pregnancy?


Yes. Women are generally recommended to cut down on their caffeine intake during pregnancy but the amount of caffeine in a cup of hot chocolate is much less than you find in coffee or even tea.

So keep drinking your hot chocolate. Obviously an excess of anything isn't good for you, so just aim for a balanced healthy diet.

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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What is the difference between hot chocolate and cocoa powder?


Although the two names of drinks are used interchangeably, hot chocolate is a drink that's either made from real chocolate melted into milk or with packet hot chocolate powder. Cocoa powder is unsweetened and needs to be combined with sugar to create a sweeter drink.

In general hot chocolate is richer and sweeter than hot cocoa.

Feb 25, 2013 | Wine & Spirits

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Are there alcoholic drinks with chocolate in? I love chocolate but I don't enjoy drinking so much, so I thought a chocolate alcohol drink might be a solution.


Chocolate liquor is a really popular drink that is alcoholic but easy for most non-drinkers to tolerate because of it's strong chocolate flavor. It's also really good for baking and in chocolate mousse.

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