So hot right now… | Whole Green Love

29 Dec

Homemade hot chocolate is the name of the game this season. It’s an escape back to simplicity while still providing you with that rich, chocolaty goodness you always crave this time of year. A small mug of hot chocolaty can be a great alternative to calorie-loaded desserts, especially with all of the decadent choices available during the holiday season. Plus, you can make your hot chocolate with milk which is loaded with protein and calcium, instead of water mixed with some powder. Real hot chocolate is made with milk. It is not made with water and sugary powder or milk and flavored syrup. C’mon people. Let’s get back on track here and melt up a real batch of delightfully delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate.

I found this recipe (click here) on Food Network’s website. It’s a great twist on the traditional version of hot chocolate. Cinnamon and chocolate always go well together… click above to visit the Food Network to get the recipe.

We happened to have a couple of hot chocolate mixes tucked in the back of the pantry and I nabbed them to get a peek at the ingredients. Just what I thought I’d find – ingredient list culprits! Does the second ingredient have to be corn syrup? And I’m sorry, but I would prefer some real chocolaty goodness to the “artificial flavor” on the list.

You’ll find this Food Network recipe, by Tyler Florence only includes the real deal. Milk, chocolate (the real stuff), a bit of sugar and salt, and cinnamon sticks to stir it up. I chose to add a dollop of whipped up heavy whipping cream to top if off.

We enjoyed these delightful drinks at a cookie swap with a few friends last night. Judge the sweet treat for yourself…

What are your favorite additions to hot chocolate?

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