If you’ve ever gotten around to reading magazines or articles about weight loss, most of them say the same thing about avoiding a craving frenzy. Don’t look at pictures of naughty food because they will make you hungry. I totally get this idea because there are some foods that my mouth lusts over. There really is no other word for it.
This hot chocolate is something you will think about for days after drinking it. It’s rich and thick, which is pretty impressive for a cocoa powder based hot chocolate. It warms you from the inside and you taste all the flavor of the Frangelico and the Bailey’s with only a kiss of the alcohol. Finally, it’s topped with a softly whipped (booze-infused) cream that’s almost frothy and not overly sweet.
It’s food porn, plain and simple.
This hot chocolate starts with a chocolate syrup made of cocoa powder, sugar, and a little water to get things loose. I usually make enough from this recipe for two people (1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar). So if you have an odd number, just do 1/4 cup water, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, and 2 tbsp sugar per person. If this is too chocolatey for you, you can balance it out with more milk (more servings!), but you don’t want to have to add any more cocoa powder after this point. Cook this on medium heat until it’s syrupy and bubbling.
If you think it’s too dark, add more milk. I like my hot chocolate to pack a punch. Keep this on medium heat until it starts to bubble a little bit. It doesn’t need to boil, but it needs to be hot. Duh.
To make the whipped cream, pour some cold cream and a couple hefty pinches of powdered sugar in a bowl and beat it on medium speed. Just as it’s about to firm up, add some Frangelico. I think I used about a tablespoon? Probably more. Whoops. Drizzle with chocolate and curl up in a blanket.
Thank you to one of my besties, Sarah, for the inspiration. I can’t wait to have this for dinner. Yes, this is my meal. Someday I’ll put ice cream on top and have a hot chocolate float.