European-Style Hot Chocolate

We love the hot chocolate from Max Brenner at Bryant Park’s Winter Village. It’s just like eating a chocolate bar in liquid form. We usually get it during the Christmas holidays, but we stopped going for the past several years now because it’s just become way too crowded.

If you like this kind of hot chocolate, one you can eat with a spoon it’s easy to make it at home. First you need to get good quality dark or bittersweet chocolate bar with at least 70% cacao content. I used Ghirardelli 70% dark chocolate bar.

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To make, roughly chop 2 dark chocolate bars which amounts to around 8 oz of dark chocolate and set it aside. In a medium saucepan, place 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream and about 2 tsp. powdered sugar. Whisk until combined and let this heat over low fire until bubbles form on the side of the pan. Note: Do not allow the milk to boil. Then remove from heat and stir in the chopped chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.

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Immediately pour into cups and place a big dollop of cream on top. I added some chocolate shavings to make it more decadent.

It was such a welcome treat on a cold and damp winter afternoon.

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