Monday, January 7, 2013

Spiced Hot Chocolate


Brrrr.... it's been cold outside lately.  My kids asked me for some hot chocolate so I decided to have some fun with it by adding some spiced flavors.  This was some rich and delicious hot chocolate that had my kids giving me high-fives.  Of course that can also be for all the mini marshmallows I added too.

2 cups milk (I used 2%... but whole is fine)
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet or you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
1 cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 green cardamoms pods
sugar (if needed... I used no sugar)
garnish (optional): marshmallows

Heat milk, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamoms on low heat on the stove for 10 minutes or until milk is well heated.  Stir occasionally.   Once milk is heated, add chocolate chips and stir well.  Strain hot chocolate into heat proof container.  ** Straining is an important step to make sure you have a smooth drink and you can easily discard all the spices easily. Pour into mugs and garnish with marshmallows if desired.  Serve Hot.  Enjoy.


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  1. Beautiful pictures, Ramona! I'm down with a sore throat and runny nose and I so wish someone made this hot chocolate for me right now.

  2. I could have used a big mug of this after coming in from ice skating yesterday! I love the addition of spices!

  3. Oh my! This looks absolutely delish, Ramona! And it always has to be topped with marshmallows :)

  4. Hi Ramona,
    I am smiling because this is exactly how I make hot chocolate when I run out of the Mexican tablets. Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead!

  5. Hot chocolate makes me so happy. I haven't used cardamom pods before nor do I think I have had cardamom and chocolate together. I will be checking this out soon.

  6. Another dreary winter day...perfect hot chocolate weather! And your exotic version sounds REALLY yummy!

  7. It's cold and about to be rainy here...I NEEEED a mug of this!

  8. Ohh yummy! This looks so good! I'm freezing right now and this would totally hit the spot!

  9. Oh Ramona...what a great nuance of flavors you have going on in this beautiful cup of chocolate! What a perfect winter treat! And I LOVE your cups and saucers! Hope you are having a great start to the week! Stay warm! : )

  10. Oh my goodness! I just want to reach into that screen and grab a mug! HUGS!

  11. Ooh lovely. How decadent and choccie with real choccie instead of the powdered stuff.

  12. Your pictures always leave me drooling. This would go down so easy right about now.

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