Through serendipity I suddenly found myself in one of the best Christmas markets in Paris. Tiny chalets twinkling with holiday lights lined the tourist-filled street, selling everything from crafts to sausages and cheese. After spotting a long queue at the chocolate chaud (hot chocolate) booth, I couldn't resist the urge to practice my French and warm up a bit.
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Okay, let me get this straight. It's Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and you've bellied up to Serious Eats for more? Either you're not an American or you're an exceptionally good one. In any case, winter has almost arrived and with it? Hot cocoa season.
This recipe is adapted from one by by Rhiannon Enlil of Cure in New Orleans.
If our Hot Chocolate/Cocoa Taste Test showed us anything, it's that most mixes are not really worth drinking. But you can't deny the convenience of simply stirring a few tablespoons of powder into a cup of hot water or milk. So I decided to try and come up with a homemade recipe that would match the convenience of a powder, and beat it in terms of price and flavor.
[Photograph: Robyn Lee] Tired of the normal kind? Try adding a dash of cayenne, pumpkin pie spice (mmm), ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and crushed candy canes. My apartment is so cold that I've started wearing fingerless gloves in the shower. I...
The you warm my heart cocoa mix from Fred Flare is actually a cute idea. It comes with heart cut-out marshmallows and a single serving of hot cocoa mix to send to your beloved on Valentine's Day. Buyer beware: The mixes sell for $8 a pop at fredflare.com. You could also make homemade versions for Christmas next year if you're not a big fan of Valentine's Day. [via Tastespotting]...
The holiday season is hot cocoa/hot chocolate season no matter where you live, so as a public service we've endeavored to taste every hot cocoa and hot chocolate we could find at a reasonable price.