Hooray Fatties, it’s snowing! It’s about blasted time. In honour of today’s flurries we’re talking about something everyone can enjoy snuggling up on the couch and drinking: drinking chocolate.
Don’t get it twisted, this rich, silky treat isn’t to be confused with hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is watery, often born of syrup or powder. Drinking chocolate is what you dream hot chocolate should be; thick, creamy, rich and maybe even spicy.
If you’re braving the snow (it’s not bad out but we’re pretending it is), these our our top picks:
1. Soma Chocolatemaker: simply the best. This is the perfect place for someone who’s not into sugary crap but enjoys the fine art of this heavenly treat. Just remain calm when you go into the store and try not to buy everything. Mustn’t. Lose. Composure.
2. Lindt Boutique: with locations uptown, downtown and across town, take the melted Lindt chocolate of your choice, add steamed milk and bliss the hell out. They’ll also do it with coffee. Mmm.
3. MoRoCo Chocolat: take a trip to Yorkville. This drinking chocolate is really sweet and really, really delicious. As is their fondue situation. Wowowow.
Or make like us and take the DIY route. You’re going to love how simple this is.
1. Gather all the random dark chocolate bars and truffles you have hanging around from Christmas. It can be dark, milk, white, or a mixture. Whatever tickles your fancy.
2. Chop them so they’re all similar in size.
3. Place in a sauce pan over medium-low heat with some cream. Eyeball it based on how thick and rich you want your drink to be. Use half & half if you’re trying to keep it light and whipping cream if you want to take the decadence to the next level. If you somehow still have eggnog, try using that.
4. As chocolate melts, sprinkle in a couple pinches of cinnamon and a drop or two of vanilla extract. If you’ve got vanilla bean, scrape the seeds in instead. If you’re a fan of spicy drinking chocolate, add in some chili flakes.
5. Whisk gently (and constantly) until everything is combined and it’s steaming a bit. Who likes lukewarm drinking chocolate after all? Pour into glass, top with fresh whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate curls if you wish, though it’s not necessary.
That’s it. It’s as simple as using up leftover chocolate. The better quality the chocolate the better the drink, but you’ll be happy no matter what you do.