You didn’t think I could go the entire month without one Valentine’s Day recipe did you? Although I must admit, this is kinda a faux V-Day recipe because well, I usually would much rather eat my carbs than splurge on sugary things and possibly because baking requires an attention to detail that my sick self (I meant that in the literal sense of the word, not the slang!) just couldn’t quite handle this weekend.
What are your guys’ plans for Valentine’s Day this year? Jeff and I have to forgo our traditional box of See’s Candies because they don’t exist around us and are still on the hunt for a new tradition that doesn’t require too much effort or money. We’re just in it for the chocolate.
And speaking of chocolate, this Mexican Dark Hot Chocolate is really the perfect blend of Valentine’s Day ingredients: dark chocolate + cocoa powder + cinnamon + spicy cayenne pepper. Deliciousness.
Before this attempt, I’d never actually made hot chocolate from scratch before. Sure, I’ve added cocoa powder to milk/water before, but never gone through the whole effort of heating milk and melting actual chocolate chips. And you know what? It still probably only took 5-7 minutes to make, which isn’t too much effort, even according to my lazy cooking standards these days where 20 minute meals have been my norm.
I adapted this recipe from David Lebovitz’ basic recipe, and I will definitely be making it again soon–maybe actually on Valentine’s Day this time, what an idea!
Here are a few other Valentine’s Day treat ideas (recipe for hot chocolate below)!
1. Cinnamon Orange Dessert Pizza
2. V-Day Pizzokie
3. Cappuccino Stout Float
4. Molten Chocolate Cake
Mexican Dark Hot Chocolate
1.5 cups reduced fat milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1.5 ounces dark chocolate chips (about 1/4 cup)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Bring milk and cocoa powder to a rolling boil, whisking constantly until cocoa powder dissolves.
Reduce to medium heat and stir in dark chocolate chips until melted.
Stir in vanilla, cayenne, and cinnamon and transfer to a mug.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Time: 5-7 minutes