Do you know where I had the best, most amazing liquid Hot Chocolate? Guess! You are probably thinking New York, nope, it was in London, at Paul, Oxford Circus... Regent Street to be exact. My childhood buddy, Manish, who is a local there insisted I try this divine Hot Chocolate. I was totally expecting frothy milk with some hot cocoa... sooooo not the case. For £3.50 British Pounds (or $5), I was getting to experience heaven on earth, not a bad deal. This drink was so rich, thick, creamy, and shiny dark brown. It was as though I was drinking liquid hot chocolate. I.JUST.COULDN'T.GET.ENOUGH! Paul is actually a French Bakery that originated in Northern France back in 1889.
On a recent trip to Miami Beach I spotted a Paul Patisserie on Lincoln Road, I was in utter shock! I was so excited and with total confidence I went up to the register, ordered myself a Hot Chocolate... only to expect, Frothy Milky Hot Chocolate! You can imagine my dissapointment. This was not even close to what I had experienced in London. I'm not sure why the difference in taste, perhaps because most Americans like their Hot Chocolate sweeter and milky, I don't know. I just hope they open up a Paul Patisserie in New York City and bring that London Hot Chocolate flavor of pure richness.
I used my brain and came up with this recipe... I felt as though I was on Regent Street again, hanging with Manish... along with my other 2 buddies, Anu and Marian :-)
NUTRTION: Hmmm... well, Milk is an excellent source of Calcium and Protein. The Bittersweet Chocolate Chips used are high in antioxidants. Plus, I didn't add any sugar to this recipe.
INGREDIENTS: (serves 1)
- Milk Whole - 3/4 cup
- Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips - 3 or 4 tbsp (depends on consistency)
- Medaglia D'oro Espresso Powder - 1 tsp
- Pure Vanilla Extract - 1/4 tsp
- Cinnamon Stick - 1 (for garnish)
1. Here is what you need.
2. Heat a pot on medium heat (dial #5). Add milk.
3. Once it heats up, about 3 minutes, add the chocolate chips.
4. Start whisking, the heat from the milk will melt the chocolate.
5. Once the milk turns brown, add espresso.
6. Add vanilla extract.
7. And... whisk some more until the milk forms bubbles, thickens, and begins to steam.
8. Turn off the gas and pour into a cup.
9. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish. This is pretty close to the real thing. See, I didn't even have to fly across the Atlantic! :-) ENJOY!