Recently one of my favorite bloggers, La Fuji Mama, did a series of posts on hot chocolate. It got me thinking. I like hot chocolate. It's good. Deep, huh? So I decided to make some myself. I used a basic formula: quality chocolate, milk, sugar and I added a little something extra. Baileys. Baileys rules. This is one of the reasons this isn't for kids. It came out very, very good. I think I put on five pounds just looking at it, but it was worth it. So, here is what I did.
First, I used good chocolate, like I mentioned. I happen to be fond of Lindt 70%. If you wanted to do this you could use whatever you like, but this gave it a really deep, rich chocolate flavor. This is the other reason this isn't for kids, not that many kids like dark chocolate. I chopped it up pretty small then heated up some milk over very low heat. I only had 2% on hand, but I found a way to fix that, which I will get to later. I added about two tablespoons of sugar and whisked it till it dissolved. Now, Fuji Mama says you should add your hot milk to the chocolate, but I added the chocolate to the pan of milk. I think that you add the milk to the chocolate so it doesn't risk scorching, but I was standing by with the whisk so nothing was getting scorched. At this point I thought "2% my ass" and added some cream. I mean, cmon. If you're going to go this far how can you not go further? Then I whisked it some more. Then I added the Baileys. About a quarter cup or so. Again, why mess around? A little whipped cream and there it is. The best hot chocolate I've ever had. It was like drinking a mug of dark chocolate. Just a little sweet and as rich as you can handle. My girlfriend didn't care for it, way too dark for her. She only likes milk chocolate. But my dad would have loved it. Well, without the Baileys. He doesn't get down like that. I strongly encourage you all to make some, changed to your tastes. It's just the best.