Nothing compares to the warm, comforting comfort of a hot chocolate cup, especially when espresso is added to take it to a whole new level of decadence. Picture absolute happiness in a cup: the powerful kick of freshly brewed espresso blending with the velvety smoothness of chocolate. This recipe’s marriage of robust espresso and velvety chocolate results in a rich treat that’s ideal for treating yourself to on a chilly evening or as a lavish dessert to wow visitors. Your taste buds will appreciate the coziness and richness of espresso hot chocolate.
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1/2 a cup of finely chopped chocolate or premium dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup of sugar, granulated
- 1 espresso shot, (approximately 1 ounce)
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- A dash of salt
- Chocolate shavings and whipped cream as a garnish (optional)
- Prepare Your Espresso: Using your commercial espresso machine, brew a shot of espresso first. The key component that elevates your hot chocolate to a whole new level is espresso’s deep, robust flavor.
- Mix the dry ingredients together: Whisk the cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and a small teaspoon of salt in a medium-sized pot. This keeps the dry ingredients evenly distributed and avoids lumps in your hot chocolate.
- Warm the cream and milk: Pour the heavy cream and whole milk into the pot and place it over medium heat. Stir constantly so as not to scorch the milk. Bring the mixture to a simmer, but do not let it boil.
- Add Chocolate: Add the chopped chocolate or dark chocolate chips to the heated milk and cream mixture. Once the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is silky smooth, stir.
- Add Espresso: After adding the freshly made espresso, whisk everything together until all the tastes are blended. The chocolate will gain richness and depth from the espresso, resulting in a beautiful balance of flavors.
- Taste of Vanilla: Mix thoroughly after adding the vanilla essence to the mixture. The richness of the chocolate and the strength of the espresso are complemented by the addition of vanilla, which improves the whole flavor profile.
- Present and Garnish: Pour the espresso hot chocolate into the cups of your choice. Drizzle a dollop of whipped cream and a chocolate on top of each cup for an added touch of luxury.
- Savor the Moment: This is the best part! Take a time to appreciate how delicious and aromatic your espresso hot chocolate is. Espresso and chocolate combine to produce a flavorful symphony that will uplift your spirits.
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