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The Hirshon Ultimate Hot Chocolate

The Hirshon Ultimate Hot Chocolate

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  • 3 ounces Lindt Excellence Smooth Dark Chocolate 70% Cocoa Bar
  • 1 ounce Dolfin Dark Chocolate with Earl Grey, 60% Cocoa Bar
  • 1 teaspoon Droste Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon cognac vanilla – to make cognac vanilla, get a fresh vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and then crosswise exposing the tiny seeds. Put into an airtight container and pour on 2.5 oz. cognac or brandy per bean. Every 2 or 3 days, shake the bottle. After about 2 or 3 weeks, you’ll have a new taste sensation in vanilla flavoring!
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tiny pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup full fat whole milk (preferably from a Jersey cow and organic)
  • 1/3 cup half and half (preferably from a Jersey cow and organic)
  • 1 teaspoon cold butter (preferably Irish)
  • Toasted mini-marshmallows – optional, I typically don’t use them
  • Whipped cream – optional


  1. Shave or grate the 70% chocolate until you get 6 tightly-packed tablespoons. Shave or grate the 60% chocolate until you get 2 tightly packed tablespoons.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine grated chocolate, cocoa powder, cognac vanilla, milk, half and half, nutmeg and salt. Slowly bring to a boil, over low heat, whisking continuously. When boiling starts, whisk for 10 seconds more. Immediately remove saucepan from heat and pout hot chocolate into a bowl.
  3. Whisk the cold butter into the mixture until completely melted and gives a glossy sheen to the hot chocolate. Let hot chocolate rest at least 10 minutes (or preferably overnight to maximize flavor and texture). Gently reheat until warm, not boiling – strain, serve with optional marshmallows and/or whipped cream and ENJOY.
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  • Category: Beverages, Recipes


  • Calories: 139.04 kcal
  • Sugar: 3.98 g
  • Sodium: 59.95 mg
  • Fat: 9.94 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.92 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.04 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.68 g
  • Fiber: 8.78 g
  • Protein: 6.05 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.25 mg
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