gingered hot chocolate

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 in Food

First of all, thank you all so much for all of your help on my sleep problems post yesterday. I knew I could count on you guys for some awesome suggestions. I’ll definitely be trying some of them out and I’ll keep you posted. You guys are the best. :) But enough of me whining about my lack of shut-eye, let’s talk about this deliciousness:

It’s snowing. It is a swirly, twirly, snowglobe out there. It’s a perfect winter wonderland. I love it.

I know a lot of folks despise snow, but I personally adore that I live in a place that gives me four distinct seasons. Just like I get excited when I see the first daffodils blooming in the Spring, the first snow of the season makes me giddy as giddy can be. Sure, snow and ice can be really frustrating to drive in, but I grew up in the country with sharp curvy roads, steep hills and barely any snow plows. I’m a better snow driver than my Canadian husband! To me, snow isn’t an inconvenience, it’s just fun! Especially the first snow of the season. Granted, this isn’t actually the first snow of the season. The first snow happened after Thanksgiving, but I was out-of-town and by the time I got home, it was melted. The second snow happened the day after Christmas, while we were in Canada (where we had our own snow) and had, again, melted by the time we got back. So this winter-y blast is my first hometown snow of the season. And I’m psyched.

Those big fluffy flakes floating down from the sky (well, right at this second they are shooting down at a warp speed) make me want to curl up on my couch next to my fluffy Puppyface with a good book and a mug of something warm. Hot chocolate is always high up on my list of snow day treats (right behind snow ice cream) and this version is a fun twist on the classic cocoa.

I used to despise ginger with a passion. I couldn’t handle the spiciness or the earthy-sweet flavor of it. But as I’ve started experimenting with more flavors in the kitchen, I’ve begun to appreciate ginger as a really great pairing with some complementary flavors (like chocolate!). I’m not sure you’ll ever find me gnawing on a knob of crystallized ginger for fun, but I definitely see the appeal of the ginger flavor in dishes. This drink is one of those special cases. I love the spicy ginger pairing with the sweet, rich chocolate. It has such an interesting and addictive flavor. Plus, dark chocolate is always a welcome health food in our house. It’s good for my emotional health and the health of my body.

Gingered Hot Chocolate

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 2 cups unsweetened nut or cow’s milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine all ingredients over low heat. Whisk constantly until chocolate is melted and hot chocolate is heated through.
  2. Pour into four mugs and serve with favorite hot chocolate toppings.
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Are you a fan of the snow?

10 Comments

  1. Yummy looking hot chocolate…! I’m not a fan of ginger either, but this looks like a good combo.

    I LOVE snow, but I live somewhere (DC) that people get totally paralyzed by it, which kind of ruins the fun.

  2. I know what you mean about the snow. I live in Canada, and we’ve literally only had snow on the ground for 1-2 weeks so far this winter, and that was in like October! I’m so ready for it to snow. I love it, except driving in it of course, but going sledding or playing with the kids in it totally makes up for that :D Love the ginger in this – I have never thought to add ginger to hot chocolate, but it sounds delicious!

  3. This looks so yummy. I adore snow, but living where I live in the south, we rarely ever get any.

  4. Do I see Russian Tea Cakes in your foreground? My mom has a fabulous recipe for those :)

  5. Sadly enough, I’m not a fan of snow at all! Snow to me means I might have to move my car into the garage in downtown Portsmouth and call the hotline incessantly until the snow ban is lifted and I have to move my car out of there. Oh, the joys of not really having off street parking!!

    That being said, this hot chocolate looks AWESOME. Hot chocolate is my favorite winter drink!

  6. Over here we are having the second warmest winter on record, no snow for us, which is probably a good thing as we really don’t cope well when it snows (rain we know how to handle!) and anyone who lives were there is proper snow just laughs at the way the city goes mad. I’m never convinced about hot chocolate but ginger is lovely and I might have to go and make some gingerbread (the loaf not the cookies!)

  7. There is no snow where I am {San Diego} and it is a “cool” 65 degrees, but I would love this ginger infused hot chocolate any day. I’m almost tempted to make a cup right now :-) Looks delicious!

    • Thanks! :) Let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear a review.

  8. This is a must try recipe. Where could I find mugs ( they are too classy to be called mugs but I don’t know what else to call them)like in your photo? They show off the hot chocolate beautifully.

    Thanks
    Val

    • We got them at Target about five years ago. They are Bodum brand. :)

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