Baby, It’s Cold Outside

After a fairly mild November and December, winter has reared its ugly head around my house in a big way.  It’s currently -27°C (-16°F for any non-Canadians out there), and this definitely calls for a hot beverage.

Mid-January Hot Cocoa

A mug of chocolate gold

This rich chocolaty creation is a perennial winter favorite around my house.

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • small pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • 1/2 oz of dark chocolate
  • 1 1/2 oz of Frangelico

Combine all ingredients except the dark chocolate and Frangelico in your favorite pot over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.  After everything is thoroughly mixed, add the dark chocolate, continuing to whisk to ensure it does not stick to the sides or bottom of the pot and burn.  Remove the pot from the heat before it boils, and pour it into a heated mug with the Frangelico.

This tastes best when consumed while sitting in your favorite chair, under your warmest blanket, while listening to Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton.

How do you like to warm up on a day like this?

à votre santé!


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