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My oldest daughter, Emily, loves hot drinks. Coffee, tea, apple cider, hot chocolate – when she has a hot mug of something special, she’s in her own little personal Heaven. So when comes home from either work or school, I like to have something waiting on her when she walks through the door. The drink lights up her world at that moment and her smile does the same for mine.
Yesterday was a long day for her – school AND work, so I thought that called for hot chocolate. You know how it is, some things just go down better with chocolate. I altered my favorite Hot Chocolate recipe a little bit and we were both tickled silly with the outcome.
JIGGY HOT CHOCOLATE
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate (4 squares)
1-3/4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp Imitation Brandy Flavoring
dash of salt
4-3/4 cups milk
Heat the chocolate and water in a saucepan over medium heat – stirring constantly, until the chocolate’s melted. Stir in the sugar and dash of salt. Stir. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat to low. Simmer (while stirring constantly) for 3 minutes and add the teaspoon of Imitation Brandy flavoring. Simmer and stir for 1 more minute..
Stir in the milk. Heat, slowly, until hot. DO NOT BOIL. Beat with a wire whisk until foamy and serve to a delighted recipient.
I actually just lost myself in a world of chocolate last night. In addition to the hot chocolate, I made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips, served with chocolate frosting with chocolate sprinkles. That had all three daughters and one husband in chocolate Heaven.