Valentine’s Day can mean many things to different people, but any opportunity to show love is worthwhile, in my opinion– as is any opportunity to indulge in chocolate!
The best part about chocolate is that you don’t need to do any extra work before enjoying it, but it can also be transformed into so many other delicious treats. One of my favorites is hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is a decadent treat that is a great alternative to alcohol, but still feels special. Even though the weather, even in February, tends to be rather balmy here in the deep South, a warm, rich beverage can be a perfect nightcap. One of the best hot chocolate recipes I’ve found involves mixing cocoa powder and sugar with a pinch of salt on the stove.
(The recipe below was found on Ashlee Prisbery’s food blog; http://ashleemarie.com/the-worlds-best-hot-chocolate/#at_pco=smlrebh-1.0&at_si=57eeac788afba810&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=2&at_tot=auto .)
- 1/4 C cocoa
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 C water
- 4 C milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a sauce pan.
- Add water and bring to a boil, then boil for one minute.
- Add the milk and return to preferred temperature.
- Add the vanilla and enjoy!
Top this off with some homemade peppermint marshmallows or some whipped cream with a dash of cinnamon, and you have a tasty way to unwind at the end of a Valentine’s Day.