I love this time of year. The mornings and evening are so cool and chilly. Here in the Phoenix metro area, we are not getting dumped with a ton of snow as so many of you around the country. However, we do have our layering down to a science as the day progresses THEN..back goes on the layering as the sun dips down.
No matter where you are, it's a great time to enjoy some hot chocolate. How about with a little "kick"? I meant to take some pictures of a recent get-together with some girlfriends and unfortunately I was having too much fun and ditched the phone. Which is great because I disconnected myself from the electronic device to enjoy time with friends.
I enjoy having people over and spending time together. Much of my roasting and baking is so you can enjoy great coffee...great sweets and great conversations with loved ones at home. Bringing back the "old days" of visiting neighbors and/or heading to small gatherings to just talk and enjoy the company.
Sorry...I digress. Anyway, I love whipping up something different to enjoy and wanted to have some fun with our "Hot Chocolate On A Stick." I created a Mexican style hot chocolate and added a little tequila.
Since I didn't take any pictures, I thought I would whip up a single cup so you can see how simple it is.
All you need for a single cup is:
- Milk (2%, whole, almond, soy, coconut)
- Cinnamon Stick
- Dried Chili
- Hot Chocolate On A Stick
Pour your milk in a saucepan and add a cinnamon stick and dried chili. I set my stove on medium to medium/low heat, however be sure you are watching as you don't wish to boil and/or scald the milk.
While that is simmering, grab some tequila and add a shot to your mug of choice.
Watch your milk and stir occasionally to soften the chili and to begin blending in the cinnamon and chili into the milk.
When you see it start simmering, remove from heat and grab a strainer. Pour the milk through the strainer to catch the dried chili and cinnamon stick.
Take one of the "hot chocolate on a stick" and add to your mug. Let it sit for a minute so the chocolate begins to soften and dissolve off the spoon.
Begin stirring to blend the milk and chocolate...that's it!
Now for my get together, I filled a dish with my hot chocolate on a sticks and I had a small crock pot with 2% Milk and some cinnamon sticks and dried chili simmering. I set up a small bar area with cups, a couple of bottles of tequila, some shot glasses, a dish to dispose your wooden spoon (from the hot chocolate stick) and some napkins. I had a ladle in the crock pot so you could grab a cup and pour some milk. My girlfriends were able to add their hot chocolate and any shots of tequila if they chose to.
It certainly isn't necessary to have any liquor. Having the milk simmering in cinnamon sticks and dried chili and adding just the hot chocolate tastes delicious. You have the richness of the chocolate (I make it more with dark chocolate) the sweetness of the cinnamon AND just enough heat of the chili that you feel in the back of your thought. De-Lish!
If you're planning a get-together, a large party or event and you would like to order the hot chocolate on a stick? Contact me.. I'm happy to make them for you. We can add the marshmallows on top or just have the chocolate only on the stick.
So...for the pictures I shot last night of me making a single serve hot chocolate and did she add the tequila? Of course I did....I was raised on the border and I'm Irish. What do you think! (Wink wink smiley face)