In the countdown to Valentine's Day, and the hotly anticipated Heat Up the Night Market Gala, we turn our attention, naturally, to chocolate. We've discussed the amatory associations of chocolate before--the chemicals contained in this divine substance mimic the body's response to the euphoria of limerant love. Chemistry aside, we know we love it. For excellent Valentine gift ideas, chocolate and otherwise, visit the Market. You know what they say about the way to a person's heart.....
With the mercury dropping and the snow lingering on the ground you may be looking to warm your heart, and possibly some other parts as well. Despite what Punxatawny Phil said, winter is certainly still in force here and hot chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered. This version, a rich, thick, European style drinking chocolate, is best sipped from small cups in lieu of dessert. We can't make any claims on this elixir as a love potion, but I would be mighty fond of a person who rustled this up for me on a chilly evening.
Hot Chocolate for two
1 heaping Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp water
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate (Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips work well)
whipped cream for garnish if desired
Mix cocoa, sugar and water in small saucepan to form paste. Heat over medium til bubbly. Add milk and chocolate, stirring constantly til completely melted, blended and hot. Pour into cup, garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon or cocoa powder if desired; serve immediately. Sparkler optional.
Drink up, you sexy things!
We started to create a list and description of the different types of chocolate and their uses, but found the information far too extensive for a blogpost. For details on chocolate in all of its forms--cacao nibs, liquor, powder, bittersweet, unsweetened, milk or white chocolate (which, to our minds, should be exterminated), read this. Thank you, facts-about-chocolate.com.