At this time of year we seem to be living purely off hot chocolate calories, we can't get enough!
So here is our hot chocolate with a kick, to warm you up on those crisp winter days, any excuse for a festive treat!!
3/4 cup of whole milk (Heat resistant vegan alternatives work really well too, like almond milk. Do not use coconut as it taints the flavour and ends up like a spicy hot bounty!)
Around 4 squares of dark chocolate (the higher the cocoa percentage the better)
Small pinch of crushed, dried chilli flakes (according to personal taste), or use chilli flavoured dark choc
Sugar to taste
Small dribble of cream (optional)
1. Bring the milk to the boil, slowly and add the chocolate. Obviously the more chocolate used, the richer and more potent it will be so look out if you use chilli flavoured! Bring the heat right down and stir everything consistently until the chocolate has melted. Add in the chilli, if using separately, and sugar. Take off the heat and whisk really hard to get it nice and frothy. As it’s christmas, I throw in some cream or cream substitute left over from mince pie scoffing, then whisk even more to get a creamy, rich and bubbly texture. Pour into a mug, from a height to maintain the frothiness.
We always top ours with masses of squirty cream, marshmallows and grated chocolate, as much as humanly possible to balance on top!