Recently, when I began to slightly fixate on homemade, comforting hot chocolate, I knew there was little point in making it myself unless I began with high quality milk and cream. Enter Trickling Springs Creamery. Trickling Springs' Farm Friend milk is traceable to FarmFriend farmers whose farms undergo stringent inspections, and is harvested from humanely treated, grass-fed cows who are not given any synthetic hormones. It's all locally produced and processed with low-temperature pasteurization. In other words, this is good milk.
There isn't much better in life than comforting hot chocolate, a warm fire, and good company, is there?
Best Hot ChocolateIngredients
1¼ cups whole milk
½ cup half and half
½ cup heavy cream
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces
2 ounces milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces
½ tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon espresso powder
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, half-and-half, and cream over medium heat until just below the simmering point. Remove the pan from the heat and add both chocolates and stir until melted. Once the chocolates are melted, add the sugar, vanilla extract, and espresso, and whisk vigorously. Reheat the mixture over low heat and serve immediately.
I spiked mine with a splash of bourbon laced vanilla extract...how will you make yours?