Hot Chocolate Recipes With A Little Difference

Nothing warms you up better on a cold frosty day then a good cup of hot chocolate. There are any number of great hot chocolate recipes around. 

Hot chocolate recipes that not only warm you up, but also taste sinfully good. Hot chocolate recipes that include cinnamon, whipped cream, mint, fruit and even alcohol.

Hot chocolate has a long history starting with an Aztec drink called xocoatl. The drink was introduced to the Europeans by Hernan Cortez.

The Spaniards added a sweetener to the drink, they had difficulty pronouncing xocoatl and changed the name of the drinke to chocolat. The English later change the name to chocolate. It is unknown who started warming the drink and named it hot chocolate.

The hot chocolate recipes we want to show you are different from any you may of heard of. These are somewhat unusual like hot chocolate with chili pepper. Don't let the unusual nature of these hot chocolate recipes keep you from trying them.

Aztec Chili Hot Chocolate Recipe

A spicy hot chocolate with chili peppers.

Ingredients You Need:

1 2/3 cups milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split length wise
1 red chili pepper, split with seeds removed
1 cinnamon stick, around 3-4"
1 1/2 oz chocolate (bittersweet)

How To Prepare:

Simmer milk in a saucepan with vanilla bean, cinnamon and chili. Heat through for about a minute. Whisk in grated chocolate, and continue to simmer until melted. Remove from heat and let 'steep' for another 10 minutes. Strain out the spices and serve.

Serves 2.

Grand Marnier Hot Chocolate Recipe

Something different I think you'll like.

Ingredients You Need:

1 cup half n' half
2 cups milk
1/2 cup orange juice
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/3 cup Grand Marnier

How To Prepare:

Heat half and half, milk, and orange juice until just boiling. In a mixing bowl, add about 2/3 cup of hot milk to the chocolate and whip smooth. Add the rest of the milk and whisk again. Simmer for around 2 minutes to reheat through.

Add Grand Marnier and serve.

Moscow Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is hot chocolate recipe will definitely keep you warm on a cold day.

Ingredients You Need:

fluid ounce vanilla flavored vodka 3/4 fluid ounce amaretto liqueur 1 tablespoon instant hot chocolate mix 4 fluid ounces hot milk

How To Prepare:

Into a coffee mug, pour in the vanilla vodka, amaretto, and add the hot chocolate mix. Pour in the hot milk and stir to blend well.

These are some interesting hot chocolate recipes and different from the norm. Give your taste buds a change of taste.

Cranberry Chocolate Fudge Pie

This pie is an amazing desert option for your lazy holidays.

The semisweet chocolaty flavours are balanced perfectly by the sweet and tart cranberries. 

Make sure to use the best chocolate and good quality cranberries for best results.

The recipe is described here:

Ingredients

•    Crumbs of 11 Graham Crackers
•    3-4 tbsp confectioners’ sugar
•    6 tbsp sweetened butter

For the Filling

•    1 cup chocolate chips
•    160 grams heavy cream
•    ¾ cup walnuts or diced pecan

For the Topping

•    350 grams cranberries, fresh or frozen
•    120 grams dried cranberries
•    1 cup sugar
•    1 ½ cups cranberry juice
•    A pinch of Salt

Directions


Combine together sugar, crumbled crackers and melted butter and mix well. Place the mixture in a 9” pie pan and press down for proper setting. Bake in a preheated oven for 7-8 minutes at 375°F. Remove from oven and allow cooling. Melt the chocolate chips and cream in a pan and mix well.

You can simply microwave it for 90 seconds to get a smooth dark brown mixture. Apply this creamy chocolate mixture to the cooled crust evenly and then sprinkle some nuts over it. Refrigerate the pie for 1-2 hours for firming. In a separate pan boil cranberry juice. Add sugar and salt, cook for a while and then add dried cranberries and continue cooking for another 5 minutes.

Now add the fresh cranberries and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and chill. Use this sauce as a topping for the pie, chill and serve.

Tips

Avoid bittersweet chocolates as the flavour is too strong to gel with the tangy cranberries which already have an acidic bitter sweet taste.

Chocolate Truffle Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Chocolate Truffle Sour Cream Bundt Cake This cake is an amazing combination of chocolate and sour cream. 

This cake is sure to impress your guests and is definitely a party knockout

It is sure to add a whole new definition to fine dining. 

The recipe for this wonderful truffle cake is mentioned here.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups wheat flour
1 tsp powder espresso
1 cup cocoa powder
350 grams unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 cup boiling water
5 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda 
 ½ tsp salt

For the chocolate truffle

¼ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp cocoa powder
2-3 tsp powdered sugar
2 tsp unsalted butter 
170 grams dark chocolate

Directions

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder. Melt the butter and beat until creamy. 

Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and continue whisking. Add vanilla extract and continue beating. Add 1/3 portion of the flour mixture and mix. Add half the sour cream. Add another 1/3 portion of flour mix followed by sour cream and then the last portion of flour mix. 

Finally add the boiling water. Continue beating at every stage. Grease the Bundt pan with butter and sprinkle some cocoa powder evenly across the surface. Add the batter to the pan and bake in a preheated oven for 50-60 minutes at 350°F. Allow the cake to cool slightly, sprinkle powdered sugar and it is ready to serve.

Silk Chocolate Mousse

 silk chocolate mousse
The chocolate mousse is a quintessential favorite among chocolate lovers.  

The elegant and silky feel of the chocolate melting in your mouth is breathtaking and elevating. 

 The chocolate mousse can be served up in cakes and other tarts but the silk chocolate mousse is best eating in parfait glasses or wine glasses with a nice dollop of whipped cream, chocolate garnishing and strawberries. 

Serves:6


  • 4 ½ oz/135gms bittersweet chocolate, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp/28gms unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
  • 2 tbsp strong coffee or espresso (optional)
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 4 tbsp / 60gms granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream 


Preparation 


  1. In a bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar and let it sit
  2. Whip the egg white in a separate bowl till it is foamy
  3. In another bowl whip the heavy cream and vanilla extract until soft peaks are forms and refrigerate
  4. Over a double broiler melt the chocolate and gradually add butter and coffee to it.
  5. Remove from the heat and let it cool till the chocolate is warm
  6. When the chocolate is just slightly warmer than room temperature, slowly add in the egg yolks and one-third of the whipped cream.
  7. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten it and mix it gradually and fully and finally add all of the whipped cream


Take mounds of the mouse and place them in individual wine glasses or parfait glasses to be served with a dollop of whipped cream and shredded chocolate.