Chocolate has been one of people’s favourite treats since 1900 BC. While, back then, it was prepared and served only as a bitter drink mixed with spices and various liquor, today we have chocolate bars, cakes, and all sorts of delights many of us indulge in. Hot chocolate is one of our favourite beverages that keeps us warm during winter, but chocolate also comes in some other forms that are perfect for breezy weather.
A blend of cacao powder, sugar, dry milk and hot water makes a delicious treat called hot chocolate. It’s prepared differently in every part of the world, so you can have a very thick blend created with corn starch in Italy and Germany; or if you go to Spain, you’ll see the mixture that resembles a chocolate pudding. The preparation methods have gone a long way, so today you can have delicious hot beverages that combine hot chocolate with cookies, cream, marshmallows, and even strawberry milkshake. If you’d like to taste the Strawberry Sweetheart Cocoa, all you need to do is mix butter, sugar, and a strawberry ice cream, melt it and add water until you get the desired consistency. Dip the top of your glass into previously melted chocolate and after it hardens, add the milkshake.
One of the best comfort foods of all times is definitely a chocolate cake. It’s great for multiple occasions, from birthdays, to weddings and even for a cosy night at home, when you just want to sit by your fireplace and enjoy an idyllic winter scenery. While the original chocolate cake didn’t have any additional ingredients like fruit, nuts, or coffee, today there is a plethora of different chocolate cake recipes that you can easily make yourself. You can frost your cake with chocolate hazelnut frosting, or add espresso or honey to the topping, or even add some fruit if you like. Red berries tend to go best with chocolate.
Not only is chocolate a favourite treat for many people, but it makes a great present for Valentine’s Day as well. Many gentlemen choose to give delicious Valentine chocolate gifts to their lovers, and the bravest ones even try to make some themselves. DIY chocolate truffles are a delicious treat that you can easily make on your own. Simply mix heated double cream, add butter, dark chocolate, brandy, and mixed nuts. After cooking and cooling the mixture, shape and arrange truffles the way you like. Find here a full recipe.
Chocolate pots are a delicious and very practical dessert that’s excellent for winter. This dessert is perfectly crispy on the outside and amazingly gelatinous on the inside. All you need for this heavenly chocolate treat is a quality dark chocolate, butter, sugar, a bit of salt, eggs, and crème fraiche. Put the chocolate butter and a pinch of sea salt into a heatproof bowl, place over a pan of gently simmering water to get a smooth and melted mass. Add the mixture to previously whisked sugar and eggs, and pour all of that into several teacups. Put the cups in a roasting tray, add boiling kettle water and bake everything in the oven.
Chocolate Ale Marshmallows
Chocolate Ale Marshmallows are a delicious treat that’s easy to make. All you’ll need to make this delicious treat is cold pale ale, powdered gelatine, granulated sugar, runny honey, egg whites, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, and caramel sweets. These little chocolate treats are great for Christmas feast, Valentine’s Day dinner parties, or when you simply need an easy and quick dessert.
Winter is the time when we tend to indulge in all the delicious desserts and meals. Therefore, the next time you’re in doubt about yummy chocolate desserts, feel free to try out some of these and make the winter so much warmer.