With the cold hitting in full force the craving for hot drinks is natural. And while I’m a big tea lover, sometimes when I have friends over on the weekends for a fika I like to switch things up slightly and whip up some home-made hot chocolate. Being a big fan of mixing flavors I recently made these three and I must tell you: everybody was quite impressed!
Heat up the milk in a small pot and let the chocolate melt. Make sure to stir regularly so that the chocolate doesn’t burn to the bottom. Cut the chili pepper in very small pieces and let simmer for a few minutes. Garnish with milk foam and drink up. Ps: It’s good to add just a bit of chili and taste in between, you want a slightly hot aftertaste but not a burnt tongue.
Version Two: White Raspberry Chocolate
2 spoons of hacked white chocolate
1 mug of milk
7 crushed frozen raspberries
raspberries to garnish
This might possibly be my favorite, the consistency is rich and sweet, but the freshness of the raspberries evens it out very nicely. Again, melt the chocolate in warm milk, add the raspberries and let simmer for a few minutes. Trust me, if this was friendlier to my hips I would totally have this everyday.
Version Three: Candy Cane Swirl
1 spoon of hacked milk chocolate
1 spoon of hacked dark chocolate
1 mug of milk
1 crushed candy cane
1 candy cane to garnish
If you like the idea of having a hot chocolate with an aftertaste but are not such a fan of chili, try this. To add a minty note to your standard hot chocolate, add a crushed candy cane to the milk you are melting your chocolate in. If you’re in the mood for extra mint – use crushed After Eights instead.
Let me know if you are recreating one of these recipes and I would love to hear what you think!