Recently, I had an experience with hot chocolate that can only be described as disappointing. This experience is what motivated me to make my own, but first you have to understand what happened.
While shopping with my mom I had a sudden craving for some hot chocolate. It was a chilly day, the holiday season was upon us and I felt that a steaming cup of hot chocolate would complete the picture.
I spotted a bakery/cafe nearby and thought, for sure, that I would find a decent cup of hot chocolate. Boy, was I wrong. After I ordered I watched as the man behind the counter pulled out a giant canister of Swiss Miss, scooped some in a cup and mixed it with some boiling hot water. I didn't want to cause a scene so I paid ($3!!??) and moved on. I attempted to drink the scalding liquid and was bitterly disappointed.
Here I am, with my mom, trying to pretend like I'm not offended by the hot chocolate...
Since that day I have been on a quest to find a recipe for hot chocolate that is everything that that particular cup was not-- decadent, rich and chocolaty. Happily, I found one and, honestly, I'm thinking about printing it out and sending it to that bakery in the hope that they use it. Trust me, they need a good hot chocolate recipe.
In fact, I think they would have a line out the door if they served this...