The cooking uses for chocolate are inexhaustible since its flavor is such a universal favorite. Chocolate is most commonly used in beverages and desserts and candies of all types. Extra care should be used when melting chocolate for use in a recipe to preserve its flavor.
Hot beverages made with chocolate are sure to be popular with the young crowd as a snack after school. With the addition of coffee, a chocolate drink is turned into a mocha beverage, an adult favorite.
This recipe is for great lovers of hot chocolate but love to change the flavor every now and then from the same old cup of hot chocolate every morning. This chocolate drink is elegant enough to serve at your most formal family gathering or for making and serving yourself when you need that special lift to your day.
Prepare the chocolate mixture ahead of time. And serve in your best china cups for a note of elegance on a special day. This drink is super easy to make, but tastes like you worked for hours preparing it.
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chilled whipping cream
4 cups milk
Directions for making:
First you will need heat the chocolate pieces, the corn syrup and the water in a small sauce pan over low heat on the stove top, stirring this mixture constantly until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and creamy. Next, you will need to stir in the vanilla and then chill this chocolate mixture for about an hour.
In a chilled bowl, beat the cream until it becomes very stiff, adding the chilled chocolate very gradually to the cream. Then continue beating until the mixture mounds when dropped from a spoon. Refrigerate this mixture.
Just before serving, heat the milk through but do not let it boil. Fill the cups half full with the whipped cream mixture and then pour the milk on top, filling the cup. Blend this mixture well.
This makes a wonderful drink on a cold winter night to warm you just before you go to bed and settle in for the night. Or invite friends and family over for an elegant hot chocolate party night and serve them this wonderful warm chocolate drink as everyone visits around the fireplace. They will love the elegant flavor of this warm drink and will ask for more.