White hot chocolate is not made from a powdered mix. Instead it is a mixture of good-quality chocolate, whole cream, milk, and vanilla. This creamy and smooth beverage is less sweet than cocoa, with no extra added sugar, but even more rich and decadent.
Today I’m making a confession. I am a paper hoarder. Specifically, I’m obsessed with anything I have torn out of a magazine. My very own mother passed this ‘condition’ down to me. Thanks mom! Love ya! (She’s an interior designer so she kept magazine page references for YEARS)
This past weekend I decided ‘that’s it!’, I own too much paper, and I need to clean out. I pulled my laminated-paper filled binders out, clicked on Downtown Abbey (because, come on, who doesn’t love a good British period piece. Downtown is worth watching more than once), and flopped onto the floor to start throwing out photos, recipes, and articles that I kept for years. Pretty soon, paper covered the floor all around my crisscross apple sauce position, without making progress. Here I was, stuck in a jail of paper, and I couldn’t throw anything away! I couldn’t throw out the wedding dress collection I started at 5 (gosh I had horrible taste but oh the memories) or the recipes I might, key-word MIGHT, someday try. Throwing away dream home cottages or beautiful English gardens seemed impossible. I was literally stranded on an island surrounded by paper.
And then, our adorably sly and devilish bunny made the decision for me. From behind I heard a horrible crunching and chewing sound, and I knew she had sprung into joyful action. So much to chew! I spun around to find our beautifully petite Clementine, alias Bun-Bun (she is extremely small for an average bunny), going at my paper piles and giving me her best, ‘try to stop me’ side eye. With a start and a cry I shot up to swish her away, but it was too late. The damage was done. She had destroyed the paper.
The outcome of this adventure included multiple bags of recycled paper (I finally made some hard decisions), reorganized binders, and a rediscovery of what I actually like vs. what was just a phase. In the recipe binder I found an interesting white hot chocolate recipe. I am not prone to hot chocolate. Powdered mixes are too sweet, grainy, and leaves residue on the bottom of the cup. I also have never really bothered with white chocolate because there is dark chocolate. But I thought, “hey why not try something new?” Someone ripped the recipe from an unknown magazine long ago. The page has yellowed with age and the words faded slightly. Honestly, the fashion on the back of the magazine sheet makes me think this is something my mother tore out before I was even born. I must have swiped the recipe! Once again, thanks mom!
Since trying the recipe, I am a hot chocolate and white chocolate convert. None of my pre-conceived issues were problems here. I feared the sickeningly sweet and gritty texture of pre-made mixes. Using melted chocolate, cream, and milk allowed for truly smooth sips. The white chocolate settled beautifully in my stomach. It is rich without being too sweet because there is no extra sugar beyond what is in the chocolate itself.
I have since tweaked the recipe here and there to fit my own tastes. Now, it is a favorite amongst my winter treats and has inspired me to try making normal hot chocolate using the same method. I will let you know how it goes! The recipe for the homemade peppermint marshmallows photographed with the white hot chocolate can be read here.
Making hot chocolate can be made easier with a milk frother. Though that is the case, cheaper milk frothers can be finicky (needs to be replaced every year or so). The professional grade milk frothers are very expensive.
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