Liquid Chocolate in a Mug

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Yeah, I know I could call this hot chocolate.

But that’s not nearly pretentious enough!

Also I feel it doesn’t do this caloric concoction justice. Hot chocolate conjures memories of Swiss Mix packets and sad little marshmallows floating around in a watery grave. This is chocolate that is thick and creamy enough to make an elderly Swiss chocolatier cry tears of joy.

I know you can’t see it due to the arty whipped cream topping I so painstakingly layered on the top for! the! blog!, but use your imagination. It’s there, I promise.

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In light of New Years, I felt it important to do something topical on this blog relating to the numerous “new year new me” “#eatclean” resolutions many people will probably be making.

So here. Consider this something to add to the menu for your liquid diet. I do what I can for the people.
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Growing up in Italy we went on many trips around the country, most of which I attended reluctantly because I was young and bratty and would rather have been at home playing Sims. Yes, I’ve always been a ray of sunshine! Karma’s gonna suck if/when I ever procreate.

But one trip I remember actually liking was the one we took to Torino, in Northern Italy. It was colder than a penguin’s left tit up there so we stopped for warmth at a café (Baratti & Milano, for anyone taking a trip there soon), where they served us literal liquid chocolate in a mug. It was glorious. I wanted to bathe in it. I have a picture of me in a turtleneck (some things never change) looking euphoric as chocolate dribbles down my chin. I would share it with you, but I don’t want to, because I’m extremely self-conscious about my pre-Invisalign teeth.

So instead, I’m sharing this recipe I came up with for the closest thing to that liquid chocolate. Like I said earlier, it’s super rich and decadent, so as is the case with riding a bike and taking shots of absinthe, start slowly and work your way up. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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LIQUID CHOCOLATE IN A MUG (AKA THE ULTIMATE HOT CHOCOLATE)
serves 2-3

You Will Need

  • 2- 2½ cups milk
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp. good quality dark cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • whipped cream for topping (make your own! heavy cream + dash of sugar= better than Reddi Wip)

Directions

  1. Bring the milk to a boil in a small pot.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk cocoa and sugar together to remove any lumps. Stir in the sea salt. (By the way! I visited a chocolate museum (obviously) whilst in Brussels, where I was informed that the best chocolate has sea salt in it. Rather than making it taste salty, it enhances the flavour, so don’t panic. I’ve been carrying around packets of salt ever since, just in case.)
  3. When the milk is boiling, quickly whisk in the cocoa mixture until completely dissolved. Reduce heat to a simmer, toss in chopped chocolate, and stir until silky smooth.
  4. Taste it! Personally I like a dark chocolate taste, but it might not be your cup of tea cocoa (sorry, I had to). Add more sugar accordingly, and if you find it too thick for your preference, you can always add more milk to thin it out. The world is your chocolate oyster.
  5. Tip: if you want to add whipped cream, wait a couple of minutes until the chocolate cools slightly. Otherwise your cream will melt (see above pictures for reference), your Instagram will be RUINED, and you can essentially scrap the whole project, amirite? (ed. note: please don’t scrap the whole project. People who eat only for the photo are the worst kind of people. Be better than The Instagrammer.)

18 Comments

  1. This looks AMAZING. And fits perfectly with my no sweets New Years diet 🙁 we’ll see how long it lasts. I will cave sooner or later…and maybe with this liquid chocolate recipe…

    Christina | http://www.cuddlepill.com

  2. Girl you are speaking my love language right here. I don’t drink coffee so hot chocolate is my go-to cold weather drink! I’m definitely bookmarking this.

  3. That looks so good! Especially if you like chocolate as much as I do!

  4. Umm, this looks absolutely delicious! I laughed out loud when you mentioned the Swiss Miss hot chocolate packets, because we definitely consumed those constantly as kids.

    x Kate
    http://www.thegoldsister.com

  5. Mmmm! This looks so yummy! I can’t wait to try this out on a cold night! 🙂

    xo, Chloe // http://funinthecloset.com/bringing-it-back-old-school-trends/

  6. O fabulous! What’s winter without the homemade hot chocolate!

  7. lovelysilvia

    DIE! This looks delicious! Perfect for the chilly nights we are experiencing!

  8. Oh goodness- this look so much better than Swiss Miss! 😉 Yummy!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  9. rkcsouthern

    This looks so delicious! I bet a great Valentines Day treat!

  10. This looks delicious! Perfect for the cold weather and snow I will be getting in the next few days!

    Courtney Drew

  11. Wow, this looks so yummy! It’s been pretty chilly here lately so I’ve been living for hot chocolate.

  12. This sounds too delicious!! I absolutely need to try this! Amazing!

  13. I wish I was sipping on this right now! It looks unbelievable and so delicious!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  14. Rachel Ritlop

    MMM this sounds like heaven! I’ve been on a hot chocolate kick lately!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  15. This looks INSANELY tasty. Definitely right up my alley basically every time of year.

  16. Alright, that’s DROOLWORTHY.

    Coming Up Roses

  17. Oh goodness, this looks incredible. I’m always looking for yummy alternatives to coffee, and this one looks like it just might hit the spot!

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