Monday, December 7, 2009

Maple Monday-Maple Hot Chocolate

This delicious hot chocolate warms you up from head to toe with it's almost toffee like flavor. If you've never had maple and chocolate together, now is your chance and you won't be sorry!

This time of year I like to top warm drinks with Christmas themed "Peeps" brand marshmallows. They come in cute shapes like snowmen, reindeer and Christmas trees. They add a festive touch to any drink!

Maple Hot Chocolate

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 (1 oz) square semi-sweet chocolate or 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
3 cups milk, whole or 2%
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons maple syrup
1/3 cup marshmallow cream

In a large saucepan bring hot water to almost a boil. Add butter and stir until melted. Add the sugar, cocoa and salt; stir and bring to a low boil. Add the semi sweet chocolate (or choc. chips) milk, cream, maple syrup, vanilla and marshmallow cream. Simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until the chocolate and marshmallow cream are melted and mixture is heated to desire temperature. Serve warm with whipped cream or marshmallows.

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