Category: Beverages

Hot Cocoa

11/18/07 | by alvaro [mail] | Categories: Beverages

Today I experimented with Hot Cocoa. Not satisfied with any powders, I went right for the good stuff – Semi Sweet chocolate chips! I also bought a can of evaporated milk, in case it was not creamy enough.

I melted about 6 oz of chips in the bottom of a sauce pan, then slowly added about 24 oz (3 cups) pre-microwaved milk. When doing this remember NEVER to heat the mixture over 180 deg F, or the cocoa butter will separate and float to the top. Use a thermometer!

When tasting, it was apparent it need some more creaminess, so I added about 7 oz of evaporated milk. At this point the taste was excellent, but the consistency was a bit too runny for a proper hot cacao. ¾ of a tsp of corn starch thickened the mixture right up. Mmmm..

In short:

6 oz Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Chips
3 cups milk
7 oz (1/2 large can) evaporated milk
½ - ¾ teaspoon corn starch

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