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Truffle Hot Chocolate

Greet holiday guests at the door with steaming mugs of rich hot chocolate. As the crowning touch, offer a selection of flavored whipped creams.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (about 1 quart)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 6 ounces 70% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • COFFEE WHIPPED CREAM:
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans, chopped, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, heat milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan (do not boil). Remove from the heat; whisk in the chocolate, brown sugar, espresso powder, vanilla and salt until smooth. Return to the heat; cook and stir until heated through. Pour into mugs.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream and espresso powder until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until soft peaks form. If desired, garnish with coffee beans.
  • To prepare in a slow cooker: In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 6 ingredients. Cook, covered, on low 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until mixture is hot and chocolate is melted.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 267 calories, 15g fat (9g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 92mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • mariegel
    Mar 1, 2015

    If you love chocolate, this recipe is for you. Very, very chocolatey!

  • Rellierae
    Jan 12, 2014

    A dash of coffee liqueur adds sweetness and interest. I used cocoa powder instead of the chocolate and cut down the ingredients to make myself a cup of chocolate goodness.

  • MelissaJacob
    Dec 31, 2013

    A wonderful rich dark chocolate taste. If you like dark chocolate this recipe is for you. Definitely an adult hot chocolate, my 4 children did not find it sweet enough. Made 3 of the toppings, the coffee one was my fav.

  • snker0521
    Dec 29, 2013

    Another perfectly good chocolate recipe ruined by coffee

  • cooking4morethan2
    Dec 23, 2013

    This take's hot cocoa to a whole new level! I recommend this to everyone young and older.