21 December 2014

Real Spiced Hot Chocolate



Need a chocolate fix? Well you've come to the right place.

Rich frothy hot chocolate made with good quality dark chocolate and spiced with cinnamon and mixed spice.

I drink a fair amount of hot chocolate, but it tends to be the low calorie kind made with boiling water. It keeps me going at work, but it isn't satisfying like a really good hot chocolate.

Today is Sunday and we're busy preparing for Christmas, so we really needed something a bit more luxurious. Time to break out the 70% Lindt dark chocolate.

I made my real hot chocolate with whole milk, a little sugar, some cinnamon from Gresado and a good pinch of mixed spice to give it a little warmth and make it more Christmassy.

I served the hot chocolate with a sprinkling of Freedom mini vegetarian (and vegan) vanilla marshmallows. What a treat to be able to say yes to marshmallows on top of hot chocolate. I'm so sick of having to say no in coffee shops.


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Real Spiced Hot Chocolate
Hot chocolate make with good quality dark chocolate and spices for a real chocolate hit
Ingredients
  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 600ml/2½ cups milk or coconut milk
  • 2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (or a good grating from a cinnamon stick)
  • a good pinch of mixed spice
  • a handful of veggie marshmallows to top the hot chocolate (optional)
Instructions
1. Break the chocolate into pieces. 2. Pour the milk into a power blender, then add the chocolate, sugar and spices. 3. Whizz on low until the chocolate has blended until fine then turn higher for 4-5 minutes until the chocolate is hot and frothy. It won't be piping hot but just a lovely temperature for drinking4.If you don't have a power blender like mine, melt the chocolate, sugar and spices in a pan until melted and hot, then use a hand bender to froth up.5. Pour into cups or mugs and top with veggie marshmallows before serving.6. Enjoy!
Details
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Yield: Makes 4 - 6 cups or mugs of hot chocolate


Gresado are an online shop who sell chef quality ingredients to the home cooks as well top restaurants.  

During December Gresado are sending a free panettone to all customers who spend £50 in their online store. 

Also until 17 January 2015 use the code TTDEC14 and get 10% off your shop.





Disclosure: I am working with Gresado at the moment and being paid for my time.I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.  

28 comments:

  1. There is nothing more comforting than piping hot chocolate to beat the cold weather, the addition of marsh mallows is the icing on the cake!!!

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    1. Especially when they are veggie ones. Happy days!

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  2. Hmmmmmmmm, I would so love a cuppa of this right now. I like the sound of Gresado. I will have to have to check them out. SU.

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    1. They have a good range Bintu. I especially love their olive oil. Great flavour.

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  3. ohhh I did wonder if you used the froothie for this one! definitely something for me to try!

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    1. Of course it's always my first thought. I love making things easy and less cleaning.

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  4. There is nothing quite like a really luxurious hot chocolate made with real chocolate and a spiced one certainly gets my vote.

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    1. Thanks Choclette, thought you may like this one.

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  5. I've not heard of Gresado before. I'll have to check them out. And this is one fine looking hot choc. We have a lady who sells vegan (and very delicious) marshmallows at our local farmer's market but it is nice to see that these are also more widely available.

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    1. Oh nice, you will have to let me where Kellie, so I can try them too and yes do try Gresado.

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  6. I must try the coconut milk version, since I have been using that fresh coconut milk (originally sent for review but now I buy it from local health food shop) I'm much more excited about coconut milk!

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    1. I actually made Graham a lemon syllabub yesterday using whipped coconut cream, it worked very well. We are all about the coconut in this house.

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  7. As a chocaholic I salute you! But I might choose Divine 70% which is 45% owned by the farmers who grow the cacao and also pays fairly after weighing fairly (something we take for granted). It's available in supermarkets, has a deep chocolaty flavour and is massively ethical ;-) (*gets off soapbox*)

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  8. Love the idea of spicing up a hot chocolate! Sounds wonderful for this time of year :)

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  9. Oh how gorgeous. I have to try out hot chocolate made with coconut milk. Such a good idea as is using the Froothie, perfectly divine!

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    1. Thanks Laura and hope you enjoy it as much as we did :)

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  10. This looks lovely, Merry Christmas.

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  11. Looks great. I love a slug of spiced rum in my hot chocolate - really adds something to the flavour

    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

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    1. Oh yum that sounds like an excellent idea CC :)

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  12. Just dropping in to say merry xmas.

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    1. Thanks Bintu. Merry Christmas to you too. Hope you had great day x

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  13. That sounds very comforting for a cold winter's evening. I though the picture had been taken in Pizza Express at first - they have stripey saucers like that too! Happy Christmas xx

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    1. Yes, that's where I got mine Sarah. They kindly gave me a set.Merry Christmas xx

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  14. Looks great! Any chance you can share where you got that plate?! It's gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, I am totally cheeky Jessica and if I like a plate in a pub or restaurant, I'll ask if I can buy one. Most of the time people are kind and give you one if you ask nicely. This was from Pizza Express.

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