cup of hot chocolate

    Published: January 30, 2016

    January 31st, National Hot Chocolate Day

    Celebrate the most decadent of hot drinks

    You can keep your high-end wines and your twenty-year-old single malt Scotch. As far as the office staff at Pelican Water are concerned nothing matches a good cup of hot chocolate for sheer decadence—unless it’s a cup of hot chocolate with a splash of nutty liquor in it.

    So as you can imagine, January 31st is a day of celebration around here, because it’s National Hot Chocolate Day. There may be a few minor personal preferences (some prefer marshmallows to whipped cream toppings, some like a little cinnamon sprinkled on top) but the office staff all agree on two things. You need to use real chocolate for true indulgence, and you need fresh filtered water to bring out the chocolate’s luxurious and velvety taste. With that in mind, we’d like to offer two of the best hot chocolate recipes we’ve ever discovered.

    • 4 cups of cold filtered water
    • ½ cup sugar
    • 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
    • ½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping

    Bring the water and sugar to boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the cocoa powder and chocolate to the boiling sugar water and whisk to dissolve, heating until the mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from heat, garnish with cream or marshmallows, and serve in small mugs.

    This recipe’s great because of its simplicity, but if you’ve got a little more time, try this one. The use of milk and milk powder makes it much richer, but hey, it’s National Hot Chocolate Day, right?

    • 2 cups whole milk
    • ½ cup milk powder
    • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1 cup 60 percent dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
    • Whipped cream or marshmallows

    In a medium saucepan bring the milk to a boil over medium-high heat the milk to boil over medium high heat. While the milk heats, mix the cornstarch and milk powder together.

    When the milk boils, reduce the heat to medium and add the chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate melts, then add the milk powder and cornstarch mixture. Continue mixing until smooth. At this point taste the hot chocolate. If you find it too rich or thick, make it with filtered water instead of milk.

    Pour into mugs, top with cream or marshmallows, and enjoy.