Fancy schmancy hot chocolate

Last weekend I was nestled cozily on my couch, tucked into a blanket, reading a book while the lights from the Christmas tree twinkled in the corner.

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There was a light snow falling outside. Not flakes, really, but microscopic nuggets that seem to drift lazily to the ground without accumulating anywhere. Seated next to the window I could just see it out of the corner of my eye while engrossed in the story.

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Ahh. What could make this moment more perfect and cosy, I thought to myself. I know, a nice cup of hot chocolate.

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I don’t drink it often (I am not much one for sweets, as you know), but every now and then the moment is just right, and this was one of those moments.

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I rummaged around in my pantry until I found the hot chocolate mix I probably purchased about two years ago. Welp, what could go wrong. As per the instructions I boiled some water in the kettle, then stirred 3 spoonfuls of the mix in.

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Back on the couch, I tucked in once again, opened my book and took a sip…

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Blergh! Ugh! Nasty, watery stuff. Cloyingly sweet with no chocolately richness. Glumly, I returned to the kitchen and rummaged round until I found the spiced rum. If the Kraken couldn’t save this cuppa, nothing could.

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Well my friends, I regret to inform you that rum was wasted that day. Once I added it to the chocolate the whole thing just tasted boozy and watery and sweet. Barf.

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So I went on an internet quest to find a home made hot chocolate recipe. When I saw smitten kitchen come up in the search results I knew I had found the answer. Deb has never failed me.

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This recipe uses real Lindt dark chocolate, pulverized with cocoa powder and real vanilla bean seeds, as well as the obligatory sugar. And the secret ingredient…a smidgen of sea salt!

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You can make the mix ahead of time and just add it to hot milk (not water…duh, Soph).

I am partial to mint chocolate on occasion, so adding some creme de menthe was a neat way to get that minty flavour while making the hot chocolate tipsy! But totally optional of course.

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Sooooo good. Velvety, sweet and with a real chocolatey flavour. Finally I can snuggle in with my book and my cocoa and be at peace. The best thing about this mix is you can make small batches and use it up in a timely manner rather than letting a huge can of the stuff go all hard and stale like I did with my store bought mix.

Here’s the recipe!

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