The last couple of days have been a whirlwind! On Monday Mac had surgery. It was a minor surgery, but he's my baby and I was a nervous wreck! He came thru with flying colors and is recovering nicely. Tuesday, I had a follow up appointment with my Ear Nose and Throat Dr. to check how things are progressing after a sinus surgery I had in July. For the second time since surgery the Dr. had to do a procedure in the office that is not pleasant. It's fairly quick but I end up feeling awful after. So today I'm back on track! Thank goodness! And since I'm back on track that means a new recipe to share.
Do you like the convenience of instant hot chocolate but really miss the taste of homemade hot chocolate using REAL chocolate? I did! Well Cooks Country magazine has done it again with a great recipe that I will keep forever! It's so easy! Have I shared with you how I like really easy recipes! LOVE THEM :-) !
Make Ahead Hot Chocolate
1- 12ounce bag of chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Put chocolate chips, heavy cream, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.
Cook at full power for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Continue heating and stirring until smooth. This should only take 2 to 3 minutes max.
Cover and place in the fridge until firm, 2 to 4 hours. Lay out a long piece of plastic wrap and divide the chocolate mixture into 10 even amounts leaving room in between to cut the plastic and then roll up the chocolate. Hint - A cookie scoop worked great dividing the chocolate.
When you start craving some hot chocolate take out one chocolate ball, unwrap, and place in a coffee mug.
Add 1 cup of milk and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes,stirring occasionally, or until warm and the chocolate is melted. Again this should not take more than 3 minutes.
Voila you have the best instant hot chocolate ever!
Having the inquisitive mind that I do I did a test using milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate. Here are my observations
Milk Chocolate - never really hardened up in the fridge. Even in the freezer it never fully hardened. This is a little problematic with the plastic wrapped but worked ok. After heated in the milk it gave a slight hint of chocolate. My least favorite.
Semisweet Chocolate - hardened up nicely and gave the milk a nice sweet and creamy flavor. Very good. Several friends that tasted it really liked it!
Bittersweet Chocolate - hardened up nicely and gave the milk a full chocolate flavor. My favorite. The hubby tasted it and said he could not tell a difference between the semisweet and bittersweet which really surprised me because he's not a dark chocolate eater.
Let me know which one you like best!
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