Grab your biggest mug and fill it up with pipping up extra thick hot chocolate spiked with hazelnut liqueur. On the coldest days and roughest nights you’ll be glad to have Spiked Hazelnut Hot Chocolate on hand.
I’m finally ready to admit that I’m a cold weather wimp. We have admittedly had so far a really nice winter, Christmas was almost tropical and up until about a week ago the temperature was in the 50s. For the month that it’s actually officially been the winter season, we’ve probably had a week, maybe two of temperatures in the 30s. Yet I’m already over it. It probably had to do with the 30 degree temperature drop from Sunday to Monday but my friends that is life in NYC. Always unpredictable in every which way.
My darling husband, of course had to remind me as I whined about the bitterness of the cold yesterday morning that we still have months to go of this. Thanks dear, I’m well aware of it but I’m still going to groan and moan because that’s what I do.
I could move to a warm climate, I know I could but I’d never do that because I hate the extremely hot as much as the extremely cold. I am Goldilocks and I like things just the right temperature!
Of course without winter, there’d be no excuse to indulge in some hot chocolate. So let’s give this season credit where it’s due.
I mean, you can obviously sip on hot chocolate all year round but come on, it’s always best when enjoyed on a cold day and the only thing that can warm you up is a giant mug of melted chocolate.
Did I just say that? Yeah, I did because when you come to me for hot chocolate, it’s practically what you get. I like mine European style, which means it’s thick and chewy. Yes chewy! A weird word to describe a beverage but if you’ve ever had super thick hot chocolate, you know what I mean. There’s honestly no other way to describe it, except to just have you go and make it yourself.
As you look over the ingredient list for the recipe of this hot chocolate you are probably wondering where does the hazelnut come in? There’s no chocolate hazelnut spread, no there isn’t. You get that part from the liqueur, the healthy spike of Frangelico gives the hot chocolate the hazelnut aroma and taste. Plus it means you can keep the mug just for yourself.
Let’s not forget toppings either! Marshmallows are a must (I like mine homemade with a special surprise), as is a healthy scoop of whipped cream. Let’s face it, if you are going through the trouble of making real hot chocolate, not the packaged stuff, you might as well go all out!
This Frangelico Hot Chocolate originally appeared on Food Fanatic.