|Louise's Hot Cocoa|
I was surprised to learn that the Spanish, who were the first to sweeten chocolate, loved it so much that they kept it a secret for 100 years! So we decided to make their special chocolate drink. We used the recipe on the side of the cocoa box, you can find it on the hershey's website. My favorite part was seeing Louise taste the cocoa powder (bitter!) then the sugar (sweet!) and then taste how they combined into hot cocoa.
Of course, as a chocolate lover, this was exciting for me, too - so later, sans children, I made a version of Aztec Hot Chocolate. I based my recipe on this one, but I started with cocoa powder and made a few other adjustments. Here's my recipe:
Simmer 2 cups water with 1 cinnamon stick and 1 tsp of chili paste for 2 minutes. Then add 1 TBSP cocoa and 1TBSP sugar, stirring until dissolved. Finally, add 1/2 tsp vanilla extra, and remove from heat. The result is a spicy hot drink, not sweet.