Winter brings Jack Frost knocking at your door and nipping at your nose. On Hot Chocolate Day, observed annually on January 31, indulge in something that will warm your shivery core. Put away the whiskey and brandy, opt for something more sublime.
Hot chocolate and hot cocoa, often used interchangeably, are not the same. Hot cocoa is a cloyingly sweet processed drink made with chocolate-flavored powder that is dissolved in hot water or milk. Real hot chocolate, on the other hand, is the indulgence of every chilly chocoholic’s dreams.
Warm milk or cream in a saucepan with premium-quality chocolate. Stir until chocolate melts and melds. This will be noticeably richer and more decadent than watery cocoa. Grating the chocolate and constantly stirring will produce the best results.
If you are determined to stick to your New Year’s resolution of healthy eating, consider this. Chocolate comes from a bean and beans come from plants. If that’s not vegetarian enough for you, call it a cheat day or call all that grating and stirring your workout. Just go with it.
To celebrate Hot Chocolate Day, purchase several bars of premium-quality chocolate and splurge on a few jumbo mugs. Browse the Internet for recipes or consult a French grandmother. Then relax while you enjoy the therapeutic affects of cupping a warm mug in your hands while sipping the best hot chocolate you’ve ever tasted.