Hot chocolate recipes: one fattening, one not


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Burrrrr! Hot chocolate season is definitely in full swing now! Here are two recipes. The first one is from Martha Stewart Living. It’s sort of a hot, liquid, super-rich version of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

The second one is a basic hot chocolate recipe, originally adapted from a long-gone can of Nestle’s cocoa. I make it with fat-free milk (but you don’t have to) as I prefer my calories in more solid form, not liquid. And I always top off my mug with a handful of miniature marshmallows.

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

5 ounces milk chocolate, chopped (about 1 cup) 

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Warm milk and cream in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add chocolate and whisk until melted and combined. Continue to warm mixture until thick about 5 minutes. Whisk in peanut butter until smooth. Serves 2.


Easy Single-Serving Hot Cocoa

2 Tbsp. granulated sugar

1 Tbsp. baking cocoa

1 cup milk

1/4 teasp. vanilla (optional)

Stir together sugar and cocoa in a large, microwave-safe mug. Stir in a few tablespoons milk to make a smooth paste; stir in remaining milk. Microwave for 1 minute or until hot. Stir in vanilla if you choose. Makes one serving.

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  • for some reason, the lesser calorie version sounds better than the rich one. peanut butter in my cocoa is not my cup of hot chocolate!! also, knowing that I am drinking a half a cup of heavy cream and a cup of whole milk (not to mention the chocolate and the peanut butter) in one sitting, just seems a little much--even for a heavy cream lover like me.

  • Judy,

    Great talking with you today. The version with peanut butter sounds AMAZING!! I am definitley going to have to try it !!!


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