Saturday, 5 February 2011

The Seven Days of Hot Chocolate: Orange Hot Chocolate

This one is my favourite, but I'm obsessed with chocolate and orange as a flavour combo. If you feel the same way I do, then you'll want to drink this every day.

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Ingredients:

3 cups of milk (26 fl. ounces)
60 g dark chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp grated orange zest


Directions: melt the dark chocolate into a saucepan of milk on medium-low heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla extract, and then add the orange zest and let simmer on low heat for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Then pour into cups and enjoy!

Notes: I recommend using organic oranges, if you can find them. Otherwise really scrub it down well before zesting to avoid a lot of 'food grade' wax in your hot chocolate.


Substitutions:
  • use vanilla flavoured soy milk instead of regular milk; omit additional vanilla and reduce added sugar
  • use 1/3 cup cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate. Not as smooth, but still good!
  • use 1/3 cup of agave nectar if you are avoiding refined sugar

13 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm obsessed with that flavor combo too. I can't believe I never thought of trying it for hot chocolate before. I mixed orange extract into brownies once - that was good. Oh and here's a recipe we used to make at camp: cut off the top of an orange, scoop out the insides, fill with brownie batter, put the top back on, wrap in tin foil, and bake in coals (or on a grate over a fire). It's a great camping treat!

Tanis said...

You have so many cute mugs! Another great recipe. Thanks!

del said...

This sounds yummy! We're lucky enough to have an orange tree in our backyard so I can use those without worrying about any nasty stuff being on them.

Hilary said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting all of these amazing hot chocolate recipes! I haven't had a chance to make any yet, but each one made me drool in anticipation! Orange/chocolate is one of my favorites...that will need to be the first one up this weekend. YUM.

knittingglasses said...

I think I'm psychic ... I've been really under the weather and I went to the supermarket to get the ingredients for your Raspberry hot chocolate to make me feel better and then I got confused and came back with oranges instead of raspberries! I was just going to wing it but now you've published the recipe!

I bet the presentation won't be as pretty when I make it, though!

Julia said...

Yay!!! Orange & chocolate, my favorite combo ever since I had Terry's chocolate orange when visiting family in England. I don't usually think to have hot chocolate even though I'm a freak for chocolate but all these flavors have inspired me to rethink the whole concept.

sweet jane. said...

mmm this is the best one by far! What a perfect recipe! Orange&chocolate is my favorite sweet flavor combo, and I can't believe I've never made orange cocoa before! thanks so much!

faeriecollege said...

I've got to say, I'm loving all these hot chocolate recipes. I've never liked orange/chocolate but I guess I'll have to give it another shot!

Kara said...

You are killing me with all this Hot Chocolate. (And cute mugs!)

17th stitch said...

This was delicious! Now I have to try the other six flavours...

Jacey said...

Yep, this is probably my favorite as well. Thanks for sharing some great hot chocolate inspiration!

Veronika said...

This was delicious. I made an adult version and added a (generous) splash of Grand Marnier to mine. Yum.

Eva said...

Just made this! Soooooo yummy! I'm having a brownie with it - chocolate indulgence :)