04 January 2009

Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate

Today was not really hot chocolate weather here in the Deep South, but we felt like having some anyway. This is a simple recipe I started using years ago as it was easy for Abbey to make when she was a little girl. It's fairly rich, so I normally serve it in demitasse sized cups. Plus, demi-cups were easier for little hands.

So we start with cream, half and half, and Ghiradelli chocolate. What's not to like??? While I would like to get dairy products that are not ultrapasturised, that is sometimes difficult around here. Particularly when I can't go grocery shopping for myself.

Chocolate, sugar and cream in the saucepan.

Chocolate beginning to melt.

Chocolate melted into cream.

Ladled into espresso cups with the marshmallows and served on a Fiesta tidbit tray made from a flat clock face.

It's 5:00 somewhere. Adults enjoyed theirs with Kahlua added.

Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate

1/2 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp confectioners sugar
2/3 cup heavy cream
2 cups half and half
1/2 tsp vanilla
chocolate for grating
Optional: Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua or liqueur of your choice for adults

Put the chocolate chips in a saucepan and sprinkle with the confectioners sugar. Pour in the cream and heat on medium-low, stirring, until the chips melt. Add the half and half and vanilla and continue to heat while stirring occasionally until the chocolate is a good temperature for drinking.

Meanwhile, put some mini-marshmallows into each cup. Ladle hot chocolate over the marshmallows and then grate a little chocolate on top of each cup before serving. Add liqueur, if desired.

Notes: I used nine marshmallows in each of the small cups.
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Cora (Cora Cooks) said...

I just turned on the Keurig to make a cup of coffee, but this looks way better! Checking the fridge for half-n-half now . . .

Becky said...

Hey Cora. Hope you found the half and half. This was the first time I've made hot chocolate in a long time and it was thoroughly enjoyed by my spouse and child.

Southerncook said...

Oh my Becky, this looks soooooooo yummy. Have copied the recipe and this may be my after dinner drink of choice with the Kahlua added in, of course. I think I have all the ingredients on hand. I am trying to watch my weight but this looks like a good reason to throw caution to the wind.


Becky said...

Thanks Carolyn. We really enjoy it. And you don't have to totally through caution to the wind. LOL. Just serve it in demi cups.