Sometimes, you crave a really intense chocolate experience. I’m talking about a serious chemical desire to put as much chocolate into your system in the most efficient manner possible, not unlike what hard core Cocaine junkies do when they freebase. In my opinion, there’s really no better way to do this than with a really strong hot chocolate. With the weather starting to get chilly again, its definitely Hot Chocolate season. I don’t reccomend doing the following procedure that often, but if you’re considering putting a second mortgage on your house or selling your car for a four pound block of Valhrona or El Rey, this is a good way to put the choco demon back in his box.
First, you want to get yourself some really good dark chocolate. I’d go with a 60 or 70 percent, so that you’ve got that super intense chocolate flavor with just a bit of the cocoa butter left.
I’ve chopped up a 100gram (3.5-4 ounce ) chocolate bar here. If you’re preparing the hot chocolate for two people, chop up two bars. This is a good time to use up all the leftover chocolate bars or cooking/pastry chocolate you might have lying around in your pantry that has gone all bloomy or isn’t desirable for eating straight anymore, since we’re going to melt it and re-incorporate all the oils and fats again.
Throw the chopped up chocolate into a Pyrex container and nuke it in your microwave for one minute on high power. After the first 30 seconds, take it out, stir it up, and continue nuking for the last 30 seconds until completely melted.
Add 1 cup of hot milk or half and half (which you should microwave in a separate container) to each 4 ounces of chocolate. Mix up thoroughly with a whisk. Put back in the Microwave for another two minutes, checking each minute to make sure it doesn’t burn or bubble over. If it needs more chocolate, chop up a little bit more and throw it in, and nuke again for another minute or so and whisk it up more. Optionally, you can add more sugar to make it sweeter, but I prefer the pure dark chocolate flavor.
Tweak out and enjoy.