In the middle of a cold winter, there is nothing more welcome that a cup of hot chocolate. The old fashioned thick chocolate you usually find served in smaller cups around the Continent is ideal to give a sense of warmth and satisfy the longing for comfort food and sweet cravings that the cold weather usually brings with it.
‘And there is a way to achieve that luscious thickness and keep a fairly healthy luxurious hot chocolate at the same time. I would say this recipe makes a rich and creamy hot chocolate without the addition of cream and it is delicious’
70% chocolate has a higher content of cocoa and this makes it rich and not too sweet, although neither is it too strong or intense. Standard chocolate bars of dark chocolate contain around 45% cocoa. Cocoa particles absorb more liquid so with a higher content of cacao in a chocolate bar, you usually need to increase the water slightly in a recipe that uses standard dark chocolate
For a healthier thick dark hot chocolate, you will need:
100g dark chocolate 70% [Novi Nero Nero]
250ml milk [any type of milk of your choice and this recipe is very delicious using a nut milk]
1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with two tablespoons milk from the allocated milk in the recipe
1 tablespoon agave
[optional vanilla, cinnamon]
Start by mixing the cornflour with the two tablespoons of reserved milk from the recipe.
Warm up the rest of the milk in a large pot over gentle heat. After a couple of minutes add the chocolate bar cut up into small pieces.
Keep stirring until the chocolate has melted. Then add the milk and cornflour mixture.
Keep stirring for a couple of minutes and the milk wlll start to thicken and become more creamy. Add the agave or sweetener of your choice.
Stir for a couple of more minutes on gentle heat and then pour into small cups.
‘ Bliss on a cold winter day’
You can vary flavours by adding what takes your fancy such as :
a touch of instant coffee for a mocha flavour
a shot of your favourite liquor
cinnamon or nutmeg or cloves
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Novi Chocolate is imported, distributed and marketed by M&Z (Marketing) Ltd and is available in all leading supermarkets and stores.