We had some sun and a bit of warmth yesterday, so I set up the pup tent for Samantha and her friend Lucy in our backyard after school. After I supplied them with blankets, Samantha asked if they could have some hot chocolate. My answer was no – I had things to do. But when I got back to the kitchen and remembered that it would only take me a couple of minutes to make it, I reconsidered.
This is the quickest way to prepare the best hot chocolate I know of, and I credit the Dolce Bella Chocolate Cafe with the technique. To make it, you need Guittard chocolate wafers, milk (preferably whole), one of those big Pyrex glass mixing bowls with a pour spout, and a whisk. To make 2 c of hot chocolate (I cut this in half yesterday), place 2 c milk and 1/2 c chocolate wafers in the glass bowl. Microwave for two minutes and whisk milk and chocolate together. You might need an additional 30 seconds to a minute more for heat, but how easy and quick is that?! The key is the chocolate. Guittard wafers have long been a favorite of mine and at Dolce Bella they sell them in bags with a card attached with this hot chocolate method on it. I buy mine in a box from Whole Foods or Gene’s. They are not inexpensive, but so worth it for just about any chocolate project.