Hot Chocolate Memories

15 Oct

Every time I have hot chocolate (which, granted, isn’t very often) it brings back wonderful childhood memories of skating on the Rideau Canal.

The way my dad could always stop so well on his skates, delightfully spraying up ice. Sarah & me tightly doing up our skates, a process that seemed to take forever. Earning my Brownie badge for skating backward. Later, having the luxury of being able to skate to my part-time job downtown, or skate the other direction to attend a class at Carleton University. And I can’t forget the treat of having a warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night.

We’ll have to take Jax to Winterlude one day. But, in the meantime, tonight we had Classic Hot Chocolate, adapted from Chocolate Bar in NYC. (See page 52 of The Oprah Magazine Cookbook or click here for the recipe.)

It turns out that preparing homemade hot chocolate is remarkably easy. To make enough for 2 people, all you have to do is grate 3 squares of baking chocolate, add the shavings to 2 cups of milk, boil it for 1 minute, and top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream if you wish.

The result is sinfully rich, authentic tasting hot chocolate, perfect for an apres-skating party if you happen to live in an appropriate neck of the woods.

P.S. If you’re a true chocolate lover, I can tell you that the best chocolates I’ve ever had (hands down) are the truffles from Hot Chocolates, a small family-run business on Vancouver Island.

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One Response to “Hot Chocolate Memories”

  1. Lynn October 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    yummmmmmmm =)

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