Jan 4, 2018

Warm Welcome






Nothing says welcome home like a mug of hot chocolate on a frigid day. Press a cup of aromatic chocolaty goodness into your child’s chilly hands as they walk in the door and you’re sure to be rewarded with a smile!

The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayans around 2,500-3,000 years ago, and cocoa beverages have always been an essential part of Mexican culture.  The beverage became popular in Europe after explorers of the New World brought it home.  Until the 19th century, hot chocolate was even used medicinally to treat ailments such as liver and stomach diseases.

Today, hot chocolate has undergone many upgrades, much like coffee and teas. You can always make it from prepackaged mixes but why would you want to after trying one of these recipes!





8 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
4 cups whole milk
1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

More mini marshmallows for garnish

In a saucepan, combine the first four ingredients.
  Cook and stir over medium heat until the marshmallows are melted, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Ladle into mugs. Top with a few marshmallows.




8 cups whole milk

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

10 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped

8 ounces hazelnut praline paste

1 can whipped cream

8 cinnamon sticks

 

Heat milk, water, sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate and praline until they melt into milk. Pour into small mugs or cups and top with whipped cream swirls and a cinnamon stick.



Some versions of hot chocolate don’t even look like cocoa! This recipe uses white milk chocolate for a fantastic new version. Use our white milk chocolate for easy melting.




6 ounces dairy white chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

4 cups whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vanilla ice cream

White chocolate curls for garnish—use a peeler to run down the side of a block of dairy white chocolate

Ground cinnamon



Coarsely chop white chocolate into chunks.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine white chocolate and heavy cream. Stir continuously until white chocolate has completely melted. Stir in the milk, and vanilla extract. Stir occasionally until heated through. Pour into mugs or glasses and top with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.  garnish with white chocolate curls and a dusting of cinnamon. Serve immediately.








This recipe serves a crowd. Be sure to pick up a jar of our Dulce de Leche caramel, so you have it on hand when you’re ready to try this drink.



4 cups heavy cream

4 cups whole milk

12 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped*

1 cup dulce de leche (dairy caramel)

Whipped cream (ready-made or whip it yourself)

8 Viennese crunch bars, chopped


Heat cream and milk in a medium saucepan, until hot, but not boiling. Turn off flame and add the chopped chocolate and dulce de leche. Stir well to combine until the chocolate is melted. Pour into mugs or glasses and top with whipped cream. Garnish with a sprinkle of chopped Viennese crunch bars.

*You can use milk chocolate but semi-sweet with give you more depth of flavor



You can also prepare your own homemade dry hot cocoa mix so it’s ready when you want to serve.




3 cups sugar

2 ¼ cups premium cocoa

1 tablespoon salt



Stir all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

When you’re ready to serve, heat 1 cup milk in a saucepan or microwave. Add 2 tablespoons cocoa mix and stir. Garnish with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired.


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