Friday, November 21, 2008
My Grandmother Moncur used to claim there is no virture in a January sun. I couldn't agree more. Today it's about 10 degrees with the brightest most hypocritical sun you can imagine. At such temperatures vitamin D synthesis is impeded by the lack of skin exposure. It's important to have a game plan when nature conspires against us. My game plan includes a big mug of this hot chocolate. Milk contains both calcium and vitamin D, chocolate is just loaded with powerful antioxidants, and the combination of both wards off the chills. Grandma might be right, but that doesn't mean we have to suffer.
2 cups water
2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 tsp. salt
1 ½ cups sugar
Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Pour into plastic container and store in fridge. To serve, heat a mug of milk in microwave. Stir in a big spoonful of chocolate mix (to taste) and enjoy. This is even better with some homemade marshmallows on top, but that’s a whole other event. Let me know if you want the recipe.
To make this really special, and especially fattening, whip up some heavy cream, like 2 cups or so, and fold into cooled chocolate mixture (think chocolate mousse here). Stir an even bigger blob of chocolate mixture into a mug of hot milk, and be thankful for a cold winter morning (or night).