Is is possible to improve upon something as perfect as a cup of hot chocolate?  We think so.  Take a trip around the world in a cup of hot chocolate with these recipes inspired by the flavors of the places we’ve been:
The American
Is there a more classically American taste than that of a S’more?  Try putting all of that gooey goodness into a mug.  It’s far less messy.

Ingredients
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate (60%) chips
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1/3 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup half-and-half
marshmallow cream (recipe below)
graham crackers

Instructions
1. Combine the  sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water.
2. Bring this mixture to a gentle boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.
3. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and the chocolate and heat until very hot but not boiling. Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs.
4. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
5.  Top with marshmallow cream (toast using a crème brulee torch) and garnish with a graham cracker finger

To make marshmallow cream:
Ingredients
3 egg whites
2 cups light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions
In large mixer bowl, combine egg whites, syrup and salt. Beat for 10 minutes until thick. Add confectioners’ sugar at low speed. Then add vanilla extract and beat until blended.

If you are feeling EXTRA ambitious, you can make your own graham crackers using our recipe here.

 

 

 

The Latin American
A dash of cinnamon and red pepper spice things up in your cup.

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla
3 ounces of Mexican sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon brown sugar
dash of red pepper

Instructions
1. Add the milk to a small sauce pan over medium low heat.
2. Whisk in the cinnamon and vanilla and brown sugar
3. Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor grind the chocolate into a powder.  Whisk all of the chocolate into the milk mixture.
4. Continue whisking the hot chocolate mixture until all the chocolate has melted, and the milk is warmed to the appropriate temperature.
5. Pour the hot chocolate into two coffee mugs and add a dash of powdered red pepper

 

 

 

The African
Inspired by the rich and exotic flavors of northern Africa (and, oh yeah, that chai tea latte from Starbucks.)

Ingredients
2 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups of milk
5 ounces of bittersweet dark chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened tea (brewed)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions
1. Add the milk and tea to a small sauce pan over medium low heat.
2. Whisk in the sugar and spices
3. Whisk all of the chocolate into the milk mixture.
4. Continue whisking the hot chocolate mixture until all the chocolate has melted, and the milk is warmed to the desired temperature.

 

 

 

The Asian
In NYC, you could probably get this rich chocolatey, ginger-mint treat delivered.

Ingredients
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
4 cups milk
2 tablespoons of ginger/mint simple syrup

Instructions
1. Add the milk to a sauce pan over medium low heat.
2. Whisk in the sugar, cocoa, and salt
3. Continue whisking the hot chocolate mixture until all the chocolate has melted, and the milk is warmed to the desired temperature.
4. Stir in simple syrup
5. Garnish cups with mint leaves

To make simple syrup:
Ingredients
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ginger root peeled and shaved
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups packed fresh mint leaves, chopped

Instructions
In a saucepan bring sugar, water, ginger and mint to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer syrup, undisturbed, 2 minutes. Pour syrup through a fine sieve, pressing on solids. Cool at room temperature. Syrup keeps, covered, in the refrigerator for weeks.

 

 

 

The European
The addition of espresso makes this the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Ingredients
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup cocoa
2 tbsp. butter
1 cup milk
2 cups of brewed coffee

Instructions
1. Mix all ingredients except coffee together into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
2. Boil until sauce thickens. (Hot fudge sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.)
3. Pour fudge sauce equally into two mugs then fill remainder of mug with the brewed espresso and stir

Tell us which is your favorite…

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  • By: j (jpdf)

    Wow! All of these seem sooo good! :) But I must say, “The American” is my favorite because of the marshmallow cream ;p The photo with your Beekman mug is the most perfect cup! And I love your maps – classic! :) Thank you very much for the recipes! Love you, Beekman Boys! :) :*

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