gingerbread hot chocolate

gingerbread hot chocolate

We must be dreaming. We are sitting here sipping hibiscus margaritas—a tangy and refreshing cocktail from one of our favorite bloggers, Christine Carlson—and are overwhelmed with excitement. In just a few days, we are taking a road trip with Christine up to Napa Valley to spend the week with a talented group of food bloggers from all over the United States and Canada (links below), hosted by the brilliant Teri Turner of No Crumbs Left. Aside from enjoying massive amounts of locally-made wine, we will be cooking together, collaborating on recipes, sampling Napa’s award-winning restaurants, visiting picturesque wineries, and attending a lecture by renowned photographer George Lange. Our adventures will be well-documented on our Instagram story, so join us as we eat and drink allll the wine in Napa. But before we head north, we want to leave you with a sweet and comforting treat to keep you warm and cozy all season long. Meet your new winter remedy, and welcome gingerbread hot chocolate to your life.

all the flavors of gingerbread
fresh grated nutmeg has infinitely more flavor than pre-ground

You will never be chilly again. It took us four tries to perfect this soothing sipper, but we didn’t give up until it tasted just like homemade gingerbread cookies. After a few attempts to get the gingerbread and chocolate combination just right, we finally succeeded, and it was worth every second of our chocolate-devoted efforts. Here, warm milk is simmered gently on the stove with brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, molasses, freshly ground nutmeg, cocoa, allspice, and sweetened with a heaping spoonful of chopped milk chocolate to make it extra creamy. Topped with a cloud of whipped cream and a cinnamon stick, it will be difficult to ever have a regular cup of hot chocolate again.

milk chocolate to make it extra creamy
something chocolate this way comes...

Making this is as easy as a cup of hot cocoa. You just chop a little chocolate, stir it with the milk and spices, heat it up on the stove, and you’re minutes away from hot chocolate heaven. Watch your family’s faces light up when you surprise them at breakfast with steaming mugs filled with the flavor of their favorite holiday cookies. Bring it on, winter, we are ready for you!

Follow along on our Instagram stories this week in Napa, and check out the bloggers below that will be there with us!

Teri Turner @nocrumbsleft
Christine Carlson @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s
Deborah Balint @rainydaybites
Amisha Gurbani @thejamlab
Jennifer Emilson @thelemonapron
Rebecca Firth @displacedhousewife
Stephanie Vanlochem @cookbycolor
Christi Lazar @bazaarlazarr
Abigail Bordigioni @abisfarmhousekitchen
Naomi Gingerich @thecooksinthekitchen

a comfy mug of gingerbread hot chocolate

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
serves 2 to 3

3 cups (710ml) milk of your choice
1 teaspoon dutch process cocoa (see note)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 ounce (28g) chopped milk chocolate

Garnish:
whipped cream
chopped milk chocolate
cinnamon stick

In a small saucepan, combine all the ingredients except the chopped milk chocolate, reserving that for later. Place the pan over medium high heat, and whisk to combine, breaking up any clumps. As the mixture gets hot, turn the heat down low to keep the mixture just under a simmer, whisking occasionally. Add the chopped milk chocolate and whisk to combine. Remove from heat, let cool briefly, then serve into mugs topped with whipped cream, chopped milk chocolate, and a cinnamon stick if desired. Enjoy!

note:
— Dutch process cocoa is extra-dark, and has a smoother, mellower flavor than regular cocoa. They are usually sold next to each other at grocery stores, but if you cannot find dutched cocoa, substitute regular cocoa.
— To make this vegan, use a non-dairy milk and a vegan chocolate.

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8 Comments on gingerbread hot chocolate

  1. Christine
    December 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    You are the best you guys! I’m so glad you enjoyed the margaritas and I absolutely love these hot chocolare photos! I need gingerbread hot chocolate in my life! So excited for Napa!!

    Reply
    • husbandsthatcook
      December 5, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Yay!! We even have a few servings of margarita left in the pitcher in our fridge, to help us pack! 😉

  2. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    December 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, does this sound good!! A gingerbread cookie in hot cocoa form? Count me in please! Your photos are making me wish I had one of those yummy mugs of my own! I hope you have a wonderful time in Napa! Sounds so fun!

    Reply
    • husbandsthatcook
      December 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much Mary Ann! It’s so warm and comforting, even though the weather here is pretty mild… In a truly cold climate it would be even more cozy!

    • husbandsthatcook
      December 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks so much Carlos! This will be our first time visiting Napa together, and we can’t wait! Look forward to having you on our trip with us!

  3. 2pots2cook
    December 30, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Happy to find you ! have a happy and prosperous 2017 !

    Reply
    • husbandsthatcook
      December 31, 2016 at 9:15 am

      So happy to meet you too! Happy New Year! 🙂

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