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04 Dec 2012 03:58 PM   |   15595 clicks   |   Buzzfeed
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Cythraul     
Campton Place Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup cream
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 recipe Master Ganache, recipe follows, using 2 cups cream instead of 1
1/2 teaspoon Tia Maria or vanilla extract
Whipped cream, for serving
Chocolate shavings, for serving

Directions

Bring the milk, cream, and cocoa powder to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it reaches a boil, remove from the heat, and add the ganache. Let sit for 1 minute, then stir well until combined, about 4 minutes. Stir in the Tia Maria or vanilla.

Serve the hot chocolate right away as is or store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It can be reheated easily on the stovetop or in the microwave. If you wish, top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Master Ganache:

Can deep, dark, intense, rich, velvety smooth chocolate be a spiritual experience? It certainly is heavenly when mixed with cream. Praise the pastry angels and pass the bonbons!

This is the basic ganache recipe. Use it for truffles, tarts, fillings, you name it. Follow the same technique when adjusting the recipe for firm and soft ganache. An alternative food processor method is given, which can be applied to any ganache recipe in this chapter.

My desire is not only to introduce you to ganache but also to make it a staple in your refrigerator. As long as you don't eat it all as a midnight snack, it can be available to help you throw together dessert at a moment's notice.

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate

1 cup heavy cream

Using a serrated knife, finely chop the chocolate into 1/4-inch pieces. Don't be lazy here. Big chunks will not melt.

Traditional method: Place the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Boiling means the cream will actually rise up in the pan and threaten to boil over.

Immediately pour the boiling cream over the chopped chocolate. Tap the bowl on the counter to settle the chocolate into the cream, then let it sit for 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, slowly stir in a circular motion, starting from the center of the bowl, and working out to the sides. Be careful not to add too much air to the ganache. Stir until all the chocolate is melted, about 2 minutes. It may look done after 1 minute of stirring, but keep going to be sure it's emulsified.

Food processor method: Place the chopped chocolate in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Bring the cream to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat (or bring to a boil in the microwave.)

Immediately pour the hot cream into the food processor, on top of the chocolate. Let sit for 1 minute, then pulse the machine 3 times. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula and pulse 3 more times, until all the chocolate is melted. This smooth, silky chocolate is now ganache. Transfer the ganache to a bowl.

Let the ganache sit at room temperature until it cools to 70 degrees F. In a 65 degree F room, this will take approximately 4 hours or 2 hours in the refrigerator. You can speed up the process by pouring the ganache out onto a clean baking sheet (thinner layers cool faster.) Once the ganache reaches 70 degrees F, it is ready to be used. At this point it can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Inactive Prep Time: 2 to 4 hours

Ease of preparation: Easy

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I have only ever used this recipe to make hot chocolate, so I have no others to use for comparison. However, this recipe makes some reeeeeaaaaly good hot chocolate.

04 Dec 2012 12:50 PM
Complicit     
2. Do not accept cocoa from a Sampler Box.

04 Dec 2012 01:02 PM
James!    [TotalFark]  
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04 Dec 2012 01:10 PM
netizencain    [TotalFark]  
Damn food snobs.

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04 Dec 2012 01:18 PM
Beerguy    [TotalFark]  
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Don't use powder my ass.

04 Dec 2012 01:23 PM
Coco LaFemme     
Hey, some Swiss Miss in a mug with a bunch of marshmallows is good enough for me, snobmitter. It's hot chocolate. It doesn't need to be fancy. It's supposed to be hot and chocolaty.

04 Dec 2012 01:30 PM
Dead for Tax Reasons     
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why would you? he's about as far from chocolate as you can get

04 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
Cyberluddite    [TotalFark]  
If you really like chocolate, and you've ever had the super-rich, super-intense hot chocolate at the famous Angelina cafe in Paris (or similar places in France and Italy), you'll never want to have anything else:

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It's think and intense--it tastes like a liquified chocolate bar--and it's delicious, as long as you're really into chocolate. Of course, you can't drink it too often, or it will kill you. Here's the recipe:

3/4 cup of whole milk
1/4 cup of heavy cream
4 oz of really good dark (at least 72%) chocolate (not Hershey's or Ghirardelli or similar mass-market crap--think something at least of the quality of Scharfenberger or Valrhona, or better)
1 teaspoon of confectioner's sugar

Use a double-boiler to heat the milk and cream, when it gets warm, throw in the sugar and chocolate (cut into small chunks). Whisk as chocolate melts, until smooth (and until it looks like the picture above). Serve when it just starting to get to the boiling point, or just below. Whipped cream on top is optional.

You will not be sorry. But only, as I said above, if you really like chocolate. As I do. But a warning: After having this, every other hot chocolate will taste like Swiss Miss or Nestle's cocoa.

04 Dec 2012 01:33 PM
Cyberluddite    [TotalFark]  

Cyberluddite: It's think thick and intense--it tastes like a liquified chocolate bar--and it's delicious, as long as you're really into chocolate. .


FTFM.

04 Dec 2012 01:34 PM
BKITU    [TotalFark]  
inb4 hot cocoa sa

Complicit: 2. Do not accept cocoa from a Sampler Box.


... fack....

04 Dec 2012 01:41 PM
God Is My Co-Pirate     
Jeffrey Steingarten had a great article about this in December's Vogue. He says that perfect hot chocolate is one of the few world-class foods that's affordable to pretty much everyone. He uses mostly chopped chocolate, but adds a teaspoonful of cocoa too.

04 Dec 2012 01:49 PM
FishyFred     
Okay, listen... that's all really well and good. I understand that it makes a better cup of hot chocolate than Swiss Miss.

But it's a lot of work. Caribou Coffee is a five minute walk from my office and uses real bits of chocolate, not powder. It's fast and simple, even though they pour the chocolate in the milk and then steam it all together. I can get some kind of flavor shot if I'm feeling it -- dark chocolate + cherry flavor shot = Black Forest Hot Chocolate.

And even though I prefer dark chocolate like the article suggests, there's nothing wrong with the milk chocolate version. It's a comfort drink. Whatever floats your boat.

/white chocolate is right out

04 Dec 2012 01:53 PM
Huck Chaser    [TotalFark]  

FishyFred: /white chocolate is right out


White chocolate is what's left after you take chocolate and remove everything that makes chocolate good.

04 Dec 2012 02:08 PM
Cythraul     

Huck Chaser: FishyFred: /white chocolate is right out

White chocolate is what's left after you take chocolate and remove everything that makes chocolate good.


Heeeey. I like good quality white chocolate.

04 Dec 2012 02:09 PM
Koggie    [TotalFark]  

BKITU: inb4 hot cocoa sa

Complicit: 2. Do not accept cocoa from a Sampler Box.

... fack....


Ha! I love the older memes.

04 Dec 2012 02:26 PM
Pocket Ninja    [TotalFark]  
1) Melt down an iron skillet's worth of Three Musketeers bars.
2) Pour melted chocolate and nougat into a glass of milk.
3) BAM. Tell the results don't shock you.

04 Dec 2012 02:31 PM
Shostie    [TotalFark]  
Recipe: Hot Cocoa

Jack Bishop mentioned this recipe on today's Fresh Air and we couldn't help but get the entire recipe.

Serves 4 in small mugs

Why This Recipe Works

Our ideal hot cocoa recipe would give us serious chocolate flavor and a rich, satisfying consistency. We found that 1 1/2 tablespoons of cocoa powder sweetened with 1 tablespoon of sugar added enough chocolate flavor to our hot cocoa recipe without being overpowering. Many recipes recommend mixing cocoa powder and sugar with a little water before adding the milk, and we found this to be worthwhile. Water has the effect of releasing the cocoa powder's fruit, chocolate, and coffee flavor nuances. We also discovered that heating the mixture of cocoa powder, sugar, and water for two minutes before adding milk further deepens the flavor.

If you want to increase or decrease this recipe for hot cocoa, the key ratio to remember is one and one-half tablespoons of cocoa and one heaping tablespoon of sugar per cup of liquid. If you have whole milk on hand rather than low-fat, go ahead and use it, omitting the half-and-half.

Ingredients

6 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder, measured by dip-and-sweep
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
Pinch table salt
1cup water
3 cups low-fat milk (1 or 2 percent)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup half-and-half

Instructions

1. In heavy 2-quart saucepan, whisk together cocoa, sugar, salt, and water over low heat until smooth. Simmer, whisking continuously, for 2 minutes, making sure whisk gets into the edges of pan.

2. Add milk, increase heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally with whisk, until steam rises from surface and tiny bubbles form around edge, 12 to 15 minutes. Do not boil.

3. Add vanilla and half-and-half. For foamy cocoa, beat hot cocoa with hand mixer or transfer to blender and blend until foamy. Divide between four mugs, top with whipped cream or marshmallows if desired, and serve immediately.

04 Dec 2012 02:43 PM
t3knomanser     

Coco LaFemme: It's supposed to be hot and chocolaty.


They make Swiss Miss in chocolate now? That's new. Last I checked, the only flavor was brown chalk.

04 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
Beerguy    [TotalFark]  

t3knomanser: Coco LaFemme: It's supposed to be hot and chocolaty.

They make Swiss Miss in chocolate now? That's new. Last I checked, the only flavor was brown chalk.


You have to use 3 packets for it to metamorphosize into "chocolate".

04 Dec 2012 03:25 PM
t3knomanser     

Beerguy: You have to use 3 packets for it to metamorphosize into "chocolate".


I assume you have to pass it under the philosopher's stone as well.

04 Dec 2012 03:34 PM
gopher321    [TotalFark]  

Cyberluddite: If you really like chocolate, and you've ever had the super-rich, super-intense hot chocolate at the famous Angelina cafe in Paris (or similar places in France and Italy), you'll never want to have anything else:

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You went to a cafe in Europe and all you had was hot chocolate? Not even with a nip of brandy in it?


04 Dec 2012 03:34 PM
evilmrsock     

Pocket Ninja: 1) Melt down an iron skillet's worth of Three Musketeers bars.
2) Pour melted chocolate and nougat into a glass of milk.
3) BAM. Tell the results don't shock you.


... It's you, so, my default reaction is that this must be a TERRIBLE idea.

... but it's YOU, so, what if it's actually THE BEST idea?

04 Dec 2012 04:01 PM
Pants full of macaroni!!     

Complicit: 2. Do not accept cocoa from a Sampler Box.


Came here solely for this. Leaving satisfied.

04 Dec 2012 04:01 PM
HST's Dead Carcass    [TotalFark]  
My recipe is never fail good, and much easier.

1. Heat Water
2. Use Swiss Miss
3. Drink

04 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
ndeans     
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My favorite

04 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
Huck Chaser    [TotalFark]  

Cythraul: Huck Chaser: FishyFred: /white chocolate is right out

White chocolate is what's left after you take chocolate and remove everything that makes chocolate good.

Heeeey. I like good quality white chocolate.


You can have my share.

04 Dec 2012 04:06 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
KER-RIST! Must you anal-retentives turn every simple little thing into a harrowing ordeal?

04 Dec 2012 04:06 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     
never use powder. ?? what?


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04 Dec 2012 04:07 PM
blatz514     
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04 Dec 2012 04:07 PM
Hebalo     
TFA boasts comes off all food snob, but shows Ghiradelli for it's chocolate? Gross.

04 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
Ed Finnerty     
...unless you're trying to get your wife addicted to meth.

04 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
Nightsweat     
So, so wrong -
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04 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     
11. pizza

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04 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
Thunderboy     
Came here for Ibarra, then remembered it's the internets. Headed to the store now.

04 Dec 2012 04:09 PM
redmid17    [TotalFark]  
Steps for making good hot chocolate:

1) Make hot chocolate however the fark you want. Power tends to be easiest.
2) Pour in Peppermint Schnapps, Rumbpelminze, Bailey's, or spirit of choice into mixture to taste
3) Drink and enjoy your hot chocolate 15 minutes before the pretentious farks are even done getting the ingredients

04 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
JackieRabbit     
"7. You can use cornstarch to make the hot chocolate extra silky-smooth (optional)."

No, you can't. This is far worse than using dried cocoa (though I know of some really good ones that make excellent hot chocolate). Hot chocolate should contain both milk and heavy cream (two parts milk to one part cream). You first scald the milk very slightly, add the chocolate and sugar, and stir constantly until the chocolate is melted. Then add cream and heat gently until the the solution reduces and thickens a bit. Finally, add some vanilla or a liqueur such as Grand Marnier, Chambord, or whatever you desire.

04 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
Step 1 - think about making hot chocolate
Step 2 - remember that you're an adult
Step 3 - drink a glass of Scotch instead

04 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
Tedlick     
For true hot chocolate snobs:

Use the smallest portion size setting on your Keurig, and it will make the hot chocolate richer.

04 Dec 2012 04:11 PM
Deacon Blue    [TotalFark]  
You can mix the powder with a liquid (I use cream or if necessary whole milk), and then add it to the milk you heated up in a mug.

04 Dec 2012 04:12 PM
Shostie    [TotalFark]  

JackieRabbit: No, you can't. This is far worse than using dried cocoa


Sure you can. Just whisk a couple teaspoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of cold milk, then stir that into the cocoa as it finishes cooking. It'll thicken right up.

04 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
carnifex2005     
Just grab this...

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and some hot whole milk.

Far better than any of that Carnation crap.

04 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
tricycleracer     

oldfarthenry: Step 1 - think about making hot chocolate
Step 2 - remember that you're an adult
Step 3 - drink a glass of Scotch instead


QFT.

04 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
Le Bomb Suprize     

evilmrsock: Pocket Ninja: 1) Melt down an iron skillet's worth of Three Musketeers bars.
2) Pour melted chocolate and nougat into a glass of milk.
3) BAM. Tell the results don't shock you.

... It's you, so, my default reaction is that this must be a TERRIBLE idea.

... but it's YOU, so, what if it's actually THE BEST idea?


My reaction as well. There is a fine line between genius and stupid and this recipe might be either.

04 Dec 2012 04:13 PM
CarnySaur     
So instead of saying "Hey, here's a cool way to make hot chocolate." the article goes the route of "This is the only way to make hot chocolate, and your way sucks."

04 Dec 2012 04:14 PM
nutkick_42     

Pocket Ninja: 1) Melt down an iron skillet's worth of Three Musketeers bars.
2) Pour melted chocolate and nougat into a glass of milk.
3) BAM. Tell the results don't shock you.


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04 Dec 2012 04:14 PM
zerkalo     
Boozy cocoa? Just another reason I hate living in Washington State.

04 Dec 2012 04:15 PM
Bendal     
I've got a can of premium quality chocolate shavings that has the recipe for hot chocolate printed on the outside. I don't recall the maker but it's not Nestle or Ghiradelli. I do a lot of baking this time of year so I may have found a new use for all those shavings...

04 Dec 2012 04:18 PM
ChipNASA     
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04 Dec 2012 04:18 PM
reillan     

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Don't use powder my ass.


So much this, for both reasons.

You can also shake your hot chocolate - just get a completely sealable container that's easy to hold closed (you'll need to apply your own pressure unless it locks) and shake vigorously. I know most of you farkers know how to shake vigorously. Now, the only problem is that the powered hot chocolate actually releases a lot of gas as it combines with water (normally this is not detectable, since it's an open cup, but you'll really experience it in pressurized form), so you need to be sure the vessel can hold together and be careful when you open it to release pressure slowly. Releasing pressure quickly will cause the boiling hot water to spray all over you... not so good... :)

A 20oz bottle works great for this purpose, as you can just barely twist the lid open and let off a tiny bit of pressure, and reclose it as necessary.

04 Dec 2012 04:18 PM
Cyno01    [TotalFark]  
Uh, what if its actual cocoa powder?

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