Friday, November 21, 2014

{Recipe Redux} A Food Memory For Which You Are Thankful: Hot chocolate

In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own children. Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.

Today I am remembering my sweet grandmother, Nini as she was known to the grand kids. Occasionally, she would invite us over for a hot cocoa party. This was a huge deal! She had adorable tiny sugar cookies from a local bakery, a hot cocoa set that looked like a tea pot with matching tiny cups. We were even allowed to drink the hot chocolate in her living room...on the white carpet!

It sure is simple to rip open a packet of hot cocoa mix, add hot water and stir until dissolved. It you take a minute to read the ingredient list, however, it may challenge you to rethink that cup! From partially hydrogenated oils to ingredients I cannot pronounce, I think there is a better way. 

My brother in law is from Belgium and he taught my sister and I a simple way to make "Real Food" hot chocolate. I tweaked it a bit by adding a pinch of cinnamon!

Real Food Hot Chocolate

  • 1 mugful of milk
  • 1 ounce or so of your favorite dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon powder (optional)
  1. Grab your favorite mug and pour in milk (easiest way to measure!)
  2. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the dark chocolate and milk and whisk while heating. 
  3. Continue heating and whisking until mixture is warm and steamy, but not boiling. Add pinch of cinnamon if desired and pour into your mug. 
Best if enjoyed while wearing a giant sweater. 



11 comments:

  1. I haven't had hot chocolate in years. Great memories associated with this hot cup of goodness. By the way, the images aren't visible.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Jill! And I think I fixed the pics, thanks for the heads up :)

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  2. Yum! And love your choice of chocolate! ;-) (which I could see in the thumbnail - like the commenter above I can't see your images in the post). I made my own hot chocolate powder mix last year and it was so easy to do but I'll have to try this way too.

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    1. HI Ann! Thanks for visiting :) This recipe really is easy and nothing to feel guilty about enjoying once in a while. Hope you're having a nice weekend!

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  3. You still have some of that chocolate left from blog brulee! I should have hid it. My family gobbled it up!

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    1. I was thinking the same thing, Julie! Impressive that you still have some, Holly!

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    2. I'm not usually so impressive - it actually fell behind a box of pasta and I rediscovered it just in time for this post :)

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  4. i could use some of this right now! yum!

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  5. Snow on the way so I will be making this soon!

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