It's cold in Ottawa again this week. Many people are starting to feel a bit of cabin fever setting in. I have 2 young boys and I don't think they have spent more than 10 minutes outside this week. I just hope this stretch of -20 something weather is almost over. In the meantime, it's nice to curl up with a blanket and a hot drink during a frigid night. Here's one of the classics:
I love chocolate and I love foods that are as natural as possible. It's hard to find the time to make things from scratch but I found a great hot chocolate recipe that's quick to make, delicious and it's ingredients don't require as much chemical additives or corn syrups and the premixed powders found in the grocery store.
1 1/4 cup of milk
Put approx. 1 TBSP of milk in your mug and heat the rest of it to the desired temperature.
While it's warming, mix the cocoa and sugar into the small amount of milk to make a chocolate paste. I find using a mini whisk does a great job.
Pore the hot milk into the mug, whisking while you pore.
Add any other delicious toppings you like, such as marshmallows, whipping cream, chocolate shavings, etc.