National Hot Chocolate Day: Recipe Addendum

In A Visit to Ghana to Make Hot Chocolate , I recounted my tale of surprising Michael at Christmas with a hot chocolate powder he could make anytime he liked. Without using melted chocolate, cocoa powder alone will never make an amazing cup of hot chocolate. Michael loved this gift so much that he ended up going through the container very quickly. He also discovered just as quickly how much he missed having it.

He was so desperate for more that one day he (i.e., my spouse who is about as adept in the kitchen as I am in a wood shop) decided to follow my recipe and make a single serving for himself. He quickly discovered the trials and tribulations of finely grating chocolate, prompting him to immediately and profusely express his gratitude for what he found was a much more valuable gift than he initially realized.

How much do I love chocolate? I gladly would have brought this bag of cocoa beans home with me if it didn’t weigh 50 pounds. I did, however, bring home a small bag that the guys bagging the beans very kindly gave to me.

In addition to being very time consuming, grating chocolate is really messy. To save him this trouble, I proceeded to explain (then write down) how I made hot chocolate from scratch by using melted chocolate. It is at his urging–and in honor of National Hot Chocolate Day–that I offer this addendum, in the event that, like Michael, you want to be spared from grating chocolate.

There are two options for making this drink:

  1. You can mix up an entire batch of powder–except for the grated chocolate–for 12 servings
  2. You can make one cup at a time.

Either way, it’ll save you from having to grate chocolate, if you follow these instructions.

The “Save your Knuckles” Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

To make a 12-serving batch of powder, mix:

  • 120 gr. Equal Exchange cocoa powder
  • 24 gr. Stevia
  • 60 gr. Date sugar
  • 52 gr. Arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Microwave 1 ½ cups milk for 1 minute, add 20 grams of powder mixture and 1 t. vanilla extract, and whisk thoroughly, and set aside.

Melt 25 grams of 80% Equal Exchange Panama chocolate in a separate container (~30 seconds, depending on microwave)

Mix melted chocolate into milk mixture, whisk thoroughly, and heat another minute or so until heated to your liking.

Makes 12 servings of 20 grams of powder

For a single serving, mix together the following ingredients:

  • 2 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 t. stevia
  • 1 t. date sugar
  • 1 ½ t. arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Microwave 1 ½ cups milk for 1 minute, add above powder mixture and 1 t. vanilla extract, and whisk thoroughly, and set aside.

Melt 25 grams of 80% Equal Exchange Panama chocolate in a separate container (~30 seconds, depending on microwave)

Mix melted chocolate into milk mixture, whisk thoroughly, and heat another minute or so until heated to your liking.

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