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   Jo’s favorite hot chocolate recipe Posted by Jo 
January 12, 2009 
Jo
 

I love hot chocolate. I love it so much, I made my family trek around Zurich to find a place called Cafe Schober, that was featured on Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown. Apparently, they had the most wonderful cup of hot chocolate and I wanted to try it, since I was in the neighborhood. We did find it and I was not disappointed. The hot chocolate was creamy and rich and topped off with at least two inches of homemade whipped cream; so thick, it was almost like a custard.

I have tried many recipes over the years and some of them are quite good but this most recent recipe is now my new favorite to make at home. I made a double batch and used a smaller-bottomed, tall, soup pot and it took a lot longer to heat and cook than the recipe states. I would advise using a large-bottomed pot to shorten the cooking time.

Rich ‘n’ Thick Hot Chocolate

Courtesy of Southern Living Magazine, January 2009

hot chocolate

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups milk, divided
  • 2 (3.5 oz.) dark chocolate bars (at least 70% cacao), chopped
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Homemade whipped cream (optional)

Whisk together cornstarch and 1/2 cup milk until smooth. Cook remaining 3 1/2 cups milk in a large, nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat until bubbles appear around edge of saucepan (about 4 minutes; do not boil). Whisk in the chocolate, honey, vanilla extract, and salt until blended smooth. Whisk in cornstarch mixture. Bring milk mixture to a light boil, whisking frequently (about 4 minutes). Remove from heat. Let cool slightly. (Mixture will thicken as it cools.) Serve immediately with homemade whipped cream, if desired.

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