Smörgåsbord: Four hot chocolate recipes for winter

graphic by Aileen Wu

As winter approaches, the days will become shorter, the mornings and evenings will become darker, and the weather will become colder. This is the season for building fires to sit by, wrapping yourself in blankets, and drinking hot chocolate. However, many people are unfamiliar with hot chocolate recipes beyond the pre-packaged, powdered Swiss Miss. These recipes will definitely warm you up and give you fun spin-offs of the classic drink to try this winter.

 

Lemongrass-Lavender White Hot Chocolate:

Serious Eats

What you will need:

  • 12 oz. of (whole) milk
  • 1 small stem of diced lemongrass
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried lavender
  • 1 makrut (kaffir) lime leaf, ripped in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon zest from a small lime
  • 3 oz. white chocolate, chopped finely

Procedure:

First, add the whole milk, lemongrass, lavender, lime leaf, and zest into a saucepan and mix the ingredients over medium heat. Once bubbles form in the pan, strain the mix and wait for it to cool.  Then, pour it back into the saucepan and add white chocolate. Stir this over medium heat until the mixture becomes hot. (Serves about 2-3 people)

 

graphic by Caroline Tan

Peppermint Hot Chocolate:

No. 2 Pencil

What you will need:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. of peppermint extract
  • whipped cream
  • Candy cane (crushed)

Procedure:

Place chocolate chips into the heatproof bowl and add milk and cream. Heat the new mixture on medium heat until the liquid is hot, but not boiling. Afterwards, pour the mixture into a bowl, add more chocolate chips, and stir until they completely melt into the mixture. Mix in the vanilla and peppermint extract and stir once more. Putting whipped cream and crushed candy cane on top of the drink enhances the flavor and presentation. (Serves up to 4 people.)

 

graphic by Caroline Tan

White Fudge Oreo Hot Chocolate:

Sweet C’s

What you will need:

  • ½ cup of chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoon of water
  • 11/2 cups of milk
  • 2 crushed white fudge Oreos

Procedure:

Add water and chocolate chips into the medium-sized pan, stirring the mixture intermittently in order to not burn the chocolate on the bottom of the pan. Gradually stir in the milk once the chocolate has completely liquefied. Then, blend the Oreos into fine particles and add them into the pan which contains the chocolate and the milk. It is recommended to serve the drink warm and with whatever toppings you would like!

 

Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate:

Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of any type of milk
  • A 14 oz. can of regular or light unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of vanilla
  • Sweetened whipped cream (if you would like)
  • Chocolate shavings  (if you would like)

Procedure:

Measure the milk, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk into the pan.  Whisk the mixture well and bring it to a simmer over medium-low heat. When the recipe simmers, mix in cocoa powder and stir until it is no longer lumpy. Take the pan off of the heat source and pour in the vanilla extract. Serve with whatever toppings you would like.

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