Want to whip up a spicy hot chocolate but don't want to try to come up with a recipe? Use a flavoured chocolate bar to make a great hot (or cold) chocolate treat!
previous post for more info on these chocolate bars). These three flavours seemed perfect as hot chocolate flavours, so I immediately started heating up some milk.
For each of the three hot chocolates, I heated one cup of milk in a saucepan and poured it over 40 grams (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 ounces) of solid chocolate. In order to get it to mix well, start by pouring just a little bit of the hot milk over the chocolate and mix until smooth, then add the remaining milk to your cup.
The Lindt Chili bar is quite spicy, and not very sweet, when you taste it on its own. I like to think of it as less like a dessert or sweet treat, and more like an appetizer because of its spicy profile. When melted into milk, it makes for a mildly spicy but robust hot chocolate.
The Manitoulin Chocolate Works Ginger bar made a full-bodied and mildy ginger hot chocolate. For a wintery day in April (yes, it is really snowing here today), it made a perfect winter Sipping Sunday treat. The Cote D'Or Lemon Ginger hot chocolate had mild ginger undertones and a clear lemon flavour. The bits of crunchy lemon that are in the chocolate bar do not melt immediately, which adds a nice textural element to the hot chocolate.
So if you, like me, are snowed in today and you need a warm pick-me-up, or even if you live somewhere hot and sunny, I hope I've given you new ideas for enjoying your leftover chocolate on a Sunday afternoon!
Here are the package details for the Lindt Chili Dark Chocolate Bar that I tasted today:
Lindt Excellence Chili Dark, "Dark chocolate infused with red chili", 100 g
Manufactured by Lindt & Sprungli AG
Ingredients: sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, milk ingredients, soya lecithin, chili extract, artificial flavour. May contain traces of peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds.
For ingredients and further details on the the other two chocolate bars (Cote D'Or Lemon Ginger and Manitoulin Chocolate Works Citrus & Spice), click here.