I think I have lost track of the number of times I tried to have a decent hot chocolate but ended up with the same disappointing tale ... I always feel like it is too good to be true...
I particularly remember this one time. After some hectic schedule at work, I wanted a break, and thats when I thought about the hot chocolate served by one of the vendors in the food court. The vendor being one among the top and famous in the field of dairy products I had my expectations set pretty high... A mind filled with joy, I set out from the building to the food court blaming myself, for not doing this earlier...When I reached there I could see there 'Hot Chocolate' written on the menu board. With utmost excitement I ordered one hot chocolate and waited at the other end of the line...When I finally got mine I couldn't wait but to have a sip... It sure was hot and it kind of burnt my tongue a little ...but that was not the sad part...I waited till I took another sip to confirm it. Yes, that same feeling crawled into my mind. It tasted anything but hot chocolate...more like a health drink (like boost)
As time went by, the memory of hot chocolates also faded, until I stumbled upon a picture recently. I was determined to try it this time. I made it. At last something worth calling 'hot chocolate'.
For a more deeper chocolaty flavor try adding some semi or bitter sweet chocolate...:-).
Source : Hershey's Hot Chocolate
- Milk - 4 cups
- Sugar - 1/2 cup
- Cocoa powder - 1/4 cup
- Salt - a dash
- Vanilla extract - 3/4 tsp
- Hot water - 1/3 cup
- Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream (optional)
- In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, cocoa, salt and water.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil.
- Stir for 2 minutes more.
- Add milk, stirring constantly, until the milk reaches the required temperature.
- Do Not Boil.
- Remove from the heat source and add vanilla and stir.
Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.