You guys, sometimes I just think I'm a little bit different. Taste-wise (and, I guess, hair-wise).
I like things bitter. I like them dark, and smoky, and if we could get a hint of something being roasted in there, let's do that.
So I've always had a bad relationship with hot chocolate. I want to love it, I do (it's chocolate! it's hot! what's the problem!). But it's always a little too much for me.
Much too much.
The powder packets are, of course, far too sweet and often taste artificial. So I've experimented the past few winters with making my own. Melting dark chocolate down, whisking in milk and cinnamon. And sugar.
Still too much.
So I did it, I threw out convention and made it how I wanted it, which was coffee-like.
Dark, hot, bitter. Customize-able, like coffee. They're both beans, after all.
You could add anything you want - cinnamon, chili powder, coconut, maple, orange. Making your own is a great toddler activity.
But I like it white - black chocolate, organic cream. Bingo.
It's not for everybody, I know that. But I'm so happy I finally found my chocolate.
Makes 1 cup of tea/hot chocolate
1 tablespoon cocoa (any type will do, but the higher quality the better, well, quality)
1 cup water
Cream/vanilla/cinnamon/chili powder/whatever to taste
Put water in pan. Put cocoa in water. Bring to boil, remove from heat (it will boil over!). Pour in cup, customize to liking. Repeat daily.