Spiced Hot Chocolate



I am not so crazy about beverages, especially hot ones. I don't have tea or coffee. Milk is a thing of the past. But a steaming cup of hot chocolate, that's a different story altogether. There is something totally seductive, something magical about this drink. I could never have enough of it. Of course it depends on how its made. I can't stand the powder mixes, they are just horrible and I've tried a lot of them. The ones we get in some coffee shops are great, but they add a lot of stuff to it and you can't have them all the time. 
Homemade hot chocolate is definitely the best option. all it takes is two minutes. You can create different flavors by adding powdered nuts, essences and spices. There are so many recipes available that use cocoa powder, but I prefer using chocolate. Has a much better texture and makes it really rich and creamy. 
Sipping some hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon when reading a good book is my idea of a perfect afternoon...



Spiced Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
Ingredients:
2cups milk (low fat is fine)
1/2 heaping cup good quality semi-sweet chocolate
1 small stick of cinnamon

Method:
Take all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and micro for about 3-4 mins, stirring in between till the chocolate has melted. 
Discard the cinnamon stick. Mix with a whisk till combined and there are no chocolate pieces left in the bowl.
You could strain the mixture if you want. I never do this, its a sin to waste chocolate:).
Pour into two mugs and serve hot. Re-heat if necessary.
You could garnish it with some whipped cream if you like.

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43 comments:

  1. it is still raining here and this will defenitely be a cup of comfort!! nice click, btw :)

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  2. Tempting drink...would love to have rite now..

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  3. That drink looks so comforting Poornima, with just a few ingredients. Like you said it is really good to sip hot chocolate over a good book :)

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  4. wow..choclate drink..never tried this..lovely color poornima!!

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  5. They're ready to be gulped by my kids at tea time since kids love chocolate. Now it's attracting me too!

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  6. That looks so rich and chocolatey... i agree the powder mixes don't come close to the real thing. I've always seen recipes with cream / half and half - nice to see one with milk :)

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  7. Wonderful treat! I totally agree - it's better with chocolate and not cocoa.

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  8. Cansee all your Ikea shopping coming out:)
    Love the pic.
    Though I love chocolate, I don't like drinking chocolate. so this one is not for me:(

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  9. Cinnamoned hot chocolate? Sounds new and exciting! :)

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  10. Great one da..nice click also..I have this with a few walnuts n flax seeds dropped in,when I get that horrible tummy aches..trust me..it relieves u..:)

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  11. Love hot chocolate poornima, looks rich & creamy.
    Nice click !

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  12. I am more of a coffee drinker not that I do not enjoy a hot chocolate on a cold day. The addition of cinnamon sounds great.

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  13. HI Pooirnima,
    home made hot chocolate has a very homely and comforting taste. the actual ingredients work better than the cocoa powder for sure :)
    Lovely cup, nice click.
    TC

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  14. Pass me a cup please! Looks so good and mouth-watering! :)

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  15. chocolates and cinnamon..lovely drink..

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  16. hey poornima..hmm i can smell creamy chocolate..by the way do try out using cardamon and star anise too, it taste awesome :)

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  17. Your hot chocolate looks rich n delicious..Love the cup..I guess you bought that in Ikea :)

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  18. Very tempting & mouth watering. I love chocolate drinks, that 2 spicy.... yummy :)

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  19. Thats a lovely one Poornima! Definately making it!!!

    Hugs!

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  20. thatz soo amazing .. I would love to have this, Iam crazy abt chocolates

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  21. Nice rich comforting drink for all but especially for my kids;

    I love doing it with chocolates for them (sometimes, once in a blue moon:)

    Milk baby are you :)?? no cofeee nor tea??? just joking!:)

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  22. Lovely drink...looks yummy and inviting Poornima.

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  23. absolutely drooling.........

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  24. You want to give this some heat? Drop a fresh hot chili in there. So good! :)

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  25. That sounds lovely Poornima! I am in the same boat as you, I don't like tea or coffee, but love hot chocolate :)

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  26. lovely hot choc. with cinnamon!

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  27. wow ! spice choclate new recipe to me ..it looks soo delicious ...Thanks
    hey thanks for the comments at my blog ..keep visiting :)

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  28. Love Hot chocolate...And i think cinnamon adds a extra kick to it..Nice addition poornima..

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  29. Wow this is my kinda of drink. Looks yum...

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  30. Hi Poornima! sent some recipes for the chocolate event...do check them up....

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  31. Perfect hot cup of chocolate for this rainy days !! Tempting pic Poornima !!

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  32. I don't like to drink milk but chocolate milk any time!! I have award for you on my blog.

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  33. I could really use a cup or two of this wonderful hot chocolate tonight. :)

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  34. yummmy drink poorni.. you can send this to Anu's RD-Summer @http://chandrabhaga.blogspot.com/2009/04/refreshing-drinks-rd-research-and.html ...!

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  35. wow,sounds interesting,will sure give it a try!!

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  36. mmm, nice hot cup of beverage... You have an awesoem space here, My first visit and shall keep visiting...

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  37. How can anyone resist a cup of hot chocolate. But i should say that cinnamon is a very surprising addition. Will try and tell you how my taste buds react :)

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