So to get warm and toasty, grab a cup and start making some hot chocolate by using one of these delicious recipes.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Just when I thought I had made everything with red velvet that was under the sun, I thought of another fun way and it is sooo sinfully delicious too. In fact, drinking this is like having a whole cake in one cup.
Red velvet cake is a classic dessert. However, sometimes a classic needs a little change. When it's cold outside, this hot chocolate recipe will warm you up and keep that fun red velvet look!
Red velvet cake is synonymous with delicious. It's a classic Southern treat that has hit it big in bakeries all across the nation. However, don't be scared to think outside the box when you want this sweet treat.
A fun way to switch things up is by taking the idea of this traditional cake and turning it into a delicious hot chocolate recipe. Its bright color and delicious chocolate taste will tickle both children and adults with delight. Plus, it's a few less calories than devouring a whole cake.
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1/2 teaspoon red gel no taste food coloring
Vanilla sugar (see Chef’s Note below)
Vanilla sugar whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla sugar ( see Chef’s Note below)
For whipped cream: Add heavy cream and vanilla sugar to a cold metal bowl. Either whip by hand with whisk or with hand-held mixer until soft peaks form.
For hot chocolate: In a small pan, combine milk, chocolate morsels and food coloring. Gently simmer until hot and all the chocolate is melted. I like to use a small whisk to make sure everything is incorporated. Top with freshly whipped cream.
Chef’s Note: To make Vanilla Sugar without having to use Vanilla Beans (Which are rare and expensive in Grocery Stores) just use Vanilla Extract and Sugar in a ratio of one teaspoon of Vanilla Extract to every two cups of regular granulated sugar. Then spread the well mixed vanilla sugar on a baking pan lined with wax paper to dry.
1 c. soy milk (or regular milk)
Ancient Mayan Hot Chocolate
Indigenous Maya people still drink the following ancient hot chocolate recipe. In ancient times, Maya never mixed the cacao bean paste with milk, instead they used hot water; it was the Spaniards in Colonial times that began to add milk, cream, and sugar to the cacao paste to create a soft creamy taste similar to current hot cocoa.
Chocolate lovers will find a truly rich, deep, bittersweet chocolate flavor with a pinch of soft chili pepper touch enhancing the deep aroma of this pure and authentic traditional hot chocolate. Remember, the quality of the Kakaw or cacao paste, you use, makes all of the difference when it comes to nutrition value, aroma and flavor. Pure organic cacao butter is filled with antioxidants and mood smoothing polyphenols that aid a healthy body. If you find Maya hot chocolate a bit too strong and unfamiliar, just exchange the traditional use of water for milk, but then you will have altered that which makes a hot chocolate an authentic hot Maya drink. Great to revitalize the senses and energize your mind!
3 c. boiling water
1 to 2 cinnamon sticks
8 oz. bittersweet Maya Kakaw or Xocoalt (chocolate paste) or 3 tablets Mexican unsweetened chocolate, cut into small pieces
2 tbsp. pure honey
Pinch of dried red chili (This is what makes the difference so try it!)
1 dried organic grown vanilla bean, split lengthwise
In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add the cinnamon sticks to boiling water. Cook until liquid is reduced to 2 ½ cups. Remove cinnamon sticks; add the vanilla bean and lower the heat a bit, wait until bubbles appear around the edge to reduce heat to low and drop the chocolate pieces and wild pure honey, mix well and whisk occasionally until chocolate is melted. Turn off heat, remove vanilla bean. Whisk vigorously to create a light foam effect, sprinkle the dried chili pepper and serve.
If chocolate is too rich and you prefer to thin it, do so with a little milk to smooth its taste, but remember doing so will change the chocolate from Maya to a European style hot chocolate!