Citizens – this is for the real deal – not for the weight-conscious or the lactose-intolerant! As we are now into the Holiday Season, I thought nothing could be more comforting than a steaming mug of the finest hot chocolate you will ever taste!
I am not fond of ‘fruity’-style chocolates such as Valrhona or many South American single-source products – I prefer darker flavors such as those found in E. Guittard or Lindt. My hot chocolate uses a blend of 70% and 60% dark chocolates that suit my palate, plus the finest cocoa powder in the world – Drost, from Holland (the Dutch invented – unsurprisingly – the Dutch process of creating non-bitter tasting cocoa powder!)!
The secret to my hot chocolate is the barest hint of – wait for it – Earl Grey and Green tea! You won’t even know it’s in there, but it balances the flavors of the dark chocolates perfectly and adds a healthy dose of antioxidants as well! Of course, I specify only the finest dairy products and homemade vanilla extract made with cognac! I add a final bit of luxuriousness by whisking in a small amount of butter to add a glossy sheen and even more flavor.
You can add toasted marshmallows and/or whipped cream if you want to gild the lily – but I’ll take mine straight, thank you very much! Don’t compromise on this recipe, Citizens – you will thank me, I assure you as the unfailing compass of good taste! 🙂
Battle on – The Generalissimo