Hot Chocolate Recipes - Irish Rugby Tours

There’s no greater comfort during a cold winter night than a warm mug of hot chocolate, so we have selected four Christmas hot chocolate recipes.  This delicious treat does more than soothe—it can transport you.  A pack of Swiss Miss, complete with those tiny little marshmallows, can take you back to your childhood in just one sip.

Each recipe shown offers its own take on this classic beverage and provides a little cultural insight to its country of origin.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Hot ChocolateWe’ll get things started where hot chocolate got its start. Historians believe that the Mayans began drinking their own chocolaty beverage as early as 500 B.C.  The first iteration included ground-up cocoa seeds, water, cornmeal, and chili peppers.  This more modern take ditches the cornmeal but keeps the pepper via a pinch of cayenne.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 5 ounces Mexican or bitter sweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • Whisk ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
  • Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring often.
  • Vigorously whisk before serving to create foamy top layer.
  • Into two mugs pour and serve immediately.

Source: Favourite Family Recipes

Columbian Hot Chocolate with Cheese

Columbian Hot Chocolate with CheeseTraveling south to Colombia, we get a recipe that includes an ingredient unlike anything you’ve had in your hot chocolate—cheese!  We promise that it’s worth it and that you will find this sweet and salty combination both surprising and satisfying.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups skim milk
  • 6 squares of Colombian bitter hot chocolate bar, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 4 ounces of white cheese. Quesito Colombiano if you can find it. Otherwise, fresh mozzarella will work.

Instructions:

  • Take a small saucepan, whisk all the ingredients minus the cheese together over high heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 2-3 minutes while stirring often.
  • Cut cheese into quarter inch cubes.
  • Divide cheese evenly into a mug, fill with hot chocolate, and stir until cheese is melted.

Source: Kiku Corner

Brazilian Hot Cocoa

Brazilian Hot Cocoa

Just a little further south in Brazil, we trade the quesito for a Brazilian favourite ingredient for all things sweet: sweetened condensed milk.  The condensed milk takes this luscious drink to a whole new level.  If you’re known for your sweet tooth, you will love this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 5 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions:

  • In a small saucepan, whisk all ingredients except for whipped cream together over medium heat until it comes to a simmer.
  • Simmer until the cocoa reaches your ideal thickness. Be sure to stir often and don’t let it boil.
  • If too thick, add a little milk to reach desired consistency.
  • Transfer into mugs and serve immediately. Garnish with whipped cream if desired.

Source: Olivia’s Cuisine

French Hot Chocolate

French Hot ChocolateWe end  in France with a recipe that is sure to be a favourite of dark chocolate lovers.  This recipe is rich, robust and it will have you running to the nearest bistro to grab a croissant to enjoy it with.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Whipped cream

Instructions:

  • Add to a small saucepan, whisk milk, cream, and powdered sugar over medium heat until it starts to bubble.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate.
  • Return to the heat and stir until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Pour into mugs and serve with whipped cream.

Source: Well Plated By Erin

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