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As mid-afternoon hit on our snowed- in Saturday, I started to go a little stir crazy. I love being snowed in, but one can only take so many bad action movies, spazed cleaning moments, and requests to make something to eat every 5 minutes from a turkey-loving husband.

 

I certainly think I will be well prepared for children one day.

 

I decided to mock one of my favorite Starbucks’ drinks on the chilly day while watching the snow fall.

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And I really needed something to take the edge off of my . . . newlywed bliss.

I knew it could only be made better with some of my best friends.

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I don’t like to play favorites, but three is a crowd. So I chose the Godiva White Chocolate and left the others out.

Don’t worry. They’ll be put to good use.

 

I have this obsession with fresh whipped cream. An obsession so strong, that I can whip up an entire carton and just eat it straight.

 

With some sugar of course.

I knew it would top off the hot chocolate perfectly.

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Like most, I love the sweet + salty combo. Adding the whipped cream and the cocoa and cinnamon on top made it incredible.

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Salted Hot Chocolate

adapted from allrecipes

1/3 cup Trader Joe’s organic cocoa powder

3/4 cup white sugar

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup boiling water

3 1/2 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped + 2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup Godiva or Bailey’s liqueur

Combine the cocoa and sugar  in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil!

Remove from heat and add vanilla, sea salt and liqueur. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the whipped cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.  Sprinkle with cocoa and cinnamon.

 

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Hubby didn’t drink any, but he isn’t really a fan of hot liquids. Unless they involve rum. Then you can count him in.

Oh well – more for me. :)

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37 Responses to “Salted Hot Chocolate.”

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    Jocelyn — December 21, 2009 @ 8:02 am

    mmm that looks delish..I love fresh whipped cream!!!

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    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — December 21, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    Wow, this looks so good! I love the sweet and salty combination. Yum!

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    brandi — December 21, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    yum! I love anything with chocolate + salt.

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    Joy — December 21, 2009 @ 8:33 am

    Ha! What a wonderful idea!!! I love hot chocolate, especially one that is Spiked!! heh heh heh :) I love the combination of salty and sweet — I found these wonderful cookies from the farmer’s market that were called ” salted caramel” YUM. Thanks for sharing, I will make this tonight and eat them with my cookies ^_^ Happy Holidays!

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    Nicole — December 21, 2009 @ 8:34 am

    I’m wiping the drool off my keyboard right now! WOW!! I love fresh whipped cream!! My hubby makes the best!

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    Paige (running around normal) — December 21, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    That looks so decadent! I want one now. Love the choclate + salt combo, too.

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    Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) — December 21, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    I mean you had me at “salted.” Nothing I like more than a little hot Christmas cheer! Or fresh whipped cream! Looks SO good.

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    Erica — December 21, 2009 @ 8:43 am

    ahhhhhhhhh! Totally making this- sounds incredible. I want to try it with kahlua.

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    Febryna — December 21, 2009 @ 9:08 am

    Hmmm.. yummmy I think this is a chocolate drink healthy and delicious. how about topping?

    febryna
    http://www.culinarynusantara.com

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    Biochemísta — December 21, 2009 @ 9:16 am

    Hey! I just stumbled across your site…so cute!!! Will def be visiting more often :)

    Oh, and LOOOVE Baileys….If you are a fan have you ever tried Amarula?? It’s even better! http://www.biochemista.com/2009/11/these-are-few-of-my-favorite-things.html

    Feel free to stop by my blog and say hi sometime :)

    -Lauren
    http://www.Biochemista.com

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    Melinda — December 21, 2009 @ 9:25 am

    I totally love to do Baileys and hot choc. Once my roomie and I walked to the store to get Baileys since we were out and it was a snow day.

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    The Candid RD — December 21, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    Fantastic recipe!! I love the combination of salty and sweet, it’s just perfect. With the whipped cream on top, this is the perfect snow-time snack! And of course some good Bailey’s doesn’t hurt either :)

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — December 21, 2009 @ 9:39 am

    nom nom nom :) baileysss is so good! esp with chocolate!

    sounds like the perfect winter snack and treat :)

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — December 21, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    I LOVE hot chocolate this time of year! Nothing can taste bad w/Bailey’s in it :)

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    VeggieGirl — December 21, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    OOOOHHHH love the beverage.

    And good luck with the cabin fever, haha ;)

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    Christina — December 21, 2009 @ 9:55 am

    That looks sooo yummy! I have always wanted to try 1 from Starbucks, but I always forget when I’m there!

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    Amanda — December 21, 2009 @ 10:19 am

    I love how you served it!!!

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    megan — December 21, 2009 @ 12:42 pm

    this looks so good. All day i’ve been debating white hot chocolate…make it or don’t make it…i’m leaning towards making it. :)

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    Lisa — December 21, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

    oh my – that looks amazing! So delicious :)

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace — December 21, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

    Wow… I want one right now :)

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    DessertObsessed — December 21, 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    oh how yummy! I love Godiva White Chocolate… they should serve this at Starbucks!!

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    Sarah (OC2Seattle) — December 21, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

    That hot chocolate looks yum! What a great treat for a snow day!

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    Low — December 21, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

    Yum that sounds amazing!!

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    Karine — December 21, 2009 @ 4:03 pm

    I have never tried a salted hot chocolate. That looks amazing! :)

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    Sherrie — December 21, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

    Yummy! TFS

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    katie — December 21, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

    YUMMM!! i love salt..on EVERYTHING!

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    sophia — December 21, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

    I’m a sweet + savory fanatic, so this hot chocolate sounds perfect to me! They’re usully too sweet for me…but nothing some salt can’t handle!

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    Meagan — December 21, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    Wow this looks so fantastic!! I love, love love hot cocoa… and this recipe is indulgent without being crazy (100% heavy cream…) mmm!
    And I totally know how you feel with fresh whipped cream. I used to be addicted!

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    Lauren — December 21, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    There is something truly magically about hot chocolate around Christmas time. This recipe sounds fantastic!!! :)

    Hope you are enjoying your week dear! :)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — December 21, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

    It is so interesting how salt makes chocolate better – but it does!

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    Lara (Thinspired) — December 22, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    I saw the title of this post come up on Twitter and totally freaked out. I love sweet + salty things! What great idea this is! Bailey’s makes everything better, no? :)
    Happy Holidays, Jessica!

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    Anita — December 22, 2009 @ 3:44 am

    That’s quite a bit of whipped cream there :) looks great though, I wouldn’t say no

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — December 22, 2009 @ 5:38 am

    This is a must try! I’m bookmarking this one for sure!

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    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) — December 22, 2009 @ 6:00 am

    Wow, Jess! This looks amazing! I wish I had had this recipe this past Sunday during our snow day!

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    Bianca @ south bay rants n raves — December 22, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    I LOVE the presentation! I wish it snowed here because one of my favorite past times growing up in NY was sipping hot chocolate & watching the snow fall!

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    heather — December 23, 2009 @ 6:30 pm

    this looks so tastey. i will def. be working on creating some of this STAT :) xoxo

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    Hong Kong Reviewer — June 22, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

    That looks so decadent! I want one now. Love the chocolate + salt combo, too

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