Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Get your (non-alcoholic) drank on!

Anyone else feeling a bit chilly? Coffee tends to wind me up too much, and tea can get boring cup after cup. There's nothing like a great cup of hot cocoa. It takes me back to Texas winters where I would turn the AC up and pretend it's freezing cold, just to drink a hot mug of creamy chocolatey goodness. Warm yourself up with one of these steamy recipes…

Raspberry Hot Cocoa

Heat three cups 2% milk in a small saucepan over medium hear until bubbles form around the outside of the pan (do not boil). Place 1 cup thawed, frozen unsweetened raspberries (you can find these at Trader Joes!), 6 ounces chopped semi-sweet chocolate, and 2 tsp. sugar in a blender; cover. While processing, gradually add hot milk in a steady stream. Strain, discard seeds. Serve hot.
Makes four servings, so share with your suitemates!

Mocha White Chocolate

Heat one and a half cups 2% milk over medium heat until bubbles form around the sides of the pan (do not boil). Place 3 ounces chopped white baking chocolate, 2 tbsp instant coffee granules, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract in a blender. Add hot milk; cover and process until frothy. Serve in mugs. Garnish with whip cream and baking cocoa if you're feelin' fancy.
This makes two servings, so share it with your roomie!

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