You’re probably thinking, “But Ben, you’re in the middle of summer – why are you making hot chocolate?” That’s a very valid question and one that I’m not very sure how to answer, maybe because love sees no seasons.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which for me just means another ordinary day of the year. I’ve never been in love with anything that isn’t a family member, food, or a good photograph. I’m sure it would be nice to have a partner on Valentine’s day, but it’s actually completely normal to be single and I don’t see the point in changing relationship statuses just for one day of the year.
But we’re not here to talk about those kinds of relationships, we’re here to talk about chocolate.
If you are single or even if you are in a relationship, I have the perfect recipe for you for this ‘special’ day. It is the thickest most richest, decadent hot chocolate you’ll ever come to taste. My goodness gracious! I’ve been dreaming about this for the past few days. It has the perfect thick creamy consistency with a velvety texture. It tastes like heaven too. The main flavour is obviously chocolate but I’ve added a few extra ingredients to enhance its natural qualities. What I used was some ground cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt (perfection). This is the ultimate love story between man and chocolate.
Thick and Creamy Hot Chocolate
Serves 4-6 people
- 3 cups full-cream milk
- 160g /5 ounces dark chocolate
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
Place the milk into a heavy-based saucepan and bring to a light simmer. Stir occasionally so that it doesn’t burn.
In the meantime, roughly chop your dark chocolate and place into a large heatproof bowl.
Once the milk has reached simmering point, pour it into the bowl over the chocolate. Leave to sit for a minute.
After a minute, stir the milk and chocolate until all is combined equally. Pour the mixture back into your saucepan. Leave it off to the side for the moment.
Place the cornstarch into a small bowl or glass along with an approximate tablespoon of the milk and chocolate mixture. Combine until a paste forms. Add another tablespoon of the milk and chocolate mixture. Continue mixing until a smooth paste forms.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and add the cornstarch mixture. Mix constantly until the mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly. It takes about 3-5 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the remaining ingredients. Mix and then serve along with some whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
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Happy being in love!
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