Ready to get sipping!? Fox News Magazine reveals Jacques secrets to the perfect cup of Hot Chocolate:
Know the Difference
Did you know there’s actually a difference between hot chocolate and hot cocoa? According to Torres, hot chocolate highlights actual chocolate, as opposed to hot cocoa, which uses powder. Using real chocolate results in a smoother and richer drink.
“To make hot chocolate, make sure you boil it twice,” says Torres. “First boil the milk, add the chocolate, and then boil both together.” Torres’ double boiling method makes the drink creamier, all while uniting the rich flavors together.
Select the Right Chocolate
Milk chocolate may be sweeter, but that’s because it contains more sugar, which can easily overpower your drink. “Use dark chocolate with between 60 to 70 percent cocoa,” says Torres. This will ensure your chocolate’s flavor is prominent, lasting, and all the more satisfying without extra sweet stuff.
Never Go Cheap
“Use a high quality chocolate for your drink,” says Torres. “It has a higher butter and fat content, so it melts smoothly and tastes better.”
Since your chocolate should be luscious and gratifying on its own, Torres recommends using 2 percent milk, as anything with full fat could potentially overpower the chocolate’s flavor. If dairy isn’t for you, consider other yummy variations, such as unsweetened almond milk.
Consider These Additions
Craving something more decadent? Torres recommends a few extra ingredients to give your hot chocolate added texture. “Add some corn starch and milk powder so that your hot chocolate becomes thick, smooth and velvety,” he says.
If time isn’t on your side this post holiday season, but you still want to serve that perfect cup of hot chocolate, Jacques offers his premium hot cocoa mixes for purchase in store and on-line. Go to: http://bit.ly/jthotchocolate
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