On days like this, an after-work hot chocolate is compulsory.
But by this I do not mean the scary powdered stuff that has ingredients like corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, dipotassium phosphate, mono- and diglycerides and silicon dioxide.
I am talking about quality ingredients. Why?
- your choice of organic cocoa is better for the earth: "Non-organic cocoa is 2nd only to cotton in terms of the most pesticides used on the crop. "
- drinking real cocoa is better for you, too: "High in antioxidants. Cocoa has twice as many as red wine, and almost 3x the antioxidants of green tea."
- Ideal Bite also advises us to "buy fair trade and stand up for the 109,000 child laborers on cocoa farms in the Ivory Coast, where 43% of our cocoa is produced."
The Ideal Bite link has some nice (if pricey) sources for good cocoa. You can also make your own:
1 tablespoon high-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
few grains salt
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup chopped high-quality bittersweet (dark) chocolate
dash of cognac or rum
Combine cocoa, sugar and salt. Warm milk in a saucepan, and add 1 tablespoon of warm milk to cocoa mixture, making a paste, Stir paste into hot milk, add chocolate, whisk until blended and hot. Pour into mug, add cognac or rum.
Makes one glorious serving.