It’s Never Too Chocolatey and Watermelon Keyboards: What I Learned Today – Thursday, September 3

Chocolate. I’ve never quite met a chocolate dessert that has made me ever utter the sentence, “it’s a bit too rich for my taste.” I love all types be it milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and even white chocolate which is a lying form of chocolate since it is debatable that it is chocolate at all. I refuse to discriminate against the cocoa bean. I remember more than once, when I actually had a metabolism, taking a chocolate fudge pop tart, smearing it with nutella and then washing it down with the darkest of chocolate milk and still trying to work out a way of making it a little extra chocolatey.

But one thing I was never been a huge fan of was hot chocolate. I grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts where the choices for hot chocolate were between swiss miss powder and heating up some milk and nestle quik.  If you were really feeling luxurioux you could drop in a few spoons of hershey syrup (it used to come in a can!)

As I got older I started traveling more and got outside of the New England bubble. One day I found myself in Paris sitting inside Angelina ordering their hot chocolate, L’Africain.

Whoa. This was not the tepid powdered chocolate water swill I was used to having. This was a revelation. It was like the best chocolate bar you have ever tasted in your life in liquid form. It was thick and creamy and every single tastebud that I owned went into chocolate overload. I might be remembering this wrong, but even my esophagus grew tastebuds if only to prolong the experience.

Upon returning home, I scoffed at the pitiful envelope of carnation “cocoa” that I had in the cupboard, and immediately went on the web in search of a recipe for le chocolat chaud d’Angelina. I found several variations that I tinkered with ever so slightly. This is the one I use that makes about two servings (I guess if you want to share it with somebody else, you could double the recipe):

3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream (or half and half if that’s what you have in the fridge)
A tablespoon of powdered sugar.

Whisk together in a sauce pan until it starts to bubble.  Add in 4 ounces of chopped bittersweet chocolate (the best quality you can find, or if you must, whatever chocolate chips you have around. But strive for something better than nestle. You deserve this!) and whisk until combined and at your preferred temperature.  Don’t let it sit though or the chocolate will burn at the bottom.  I have a cheap Ikea milk frother that I usually use to finish it which incorporates the chocolate before pouring into a mug.

I kind of kicked myself for never making hot chocolate this way before. Of course adding real chocolate will make it better.  It’s kind of weird how difficult it is to rearrange your thinking if you just stay put.  The downside to this recipe is that it is very rich and definitely not an every day thing, but on a chilly night after a long day, a little treat is always welcome.

And before we dive into today:

 

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This is guy uses his melon to come up with a new way to play with his food: