When I was tiny, the rule in the Radford household was, if you can see your breath in the air, you can have hot chocolate. It was then coined, “hot chocolate weather”, and it is a steadfast rule to this day. Waiting until its cold accomplishes two things. It staves off the extra calories, and makes the treat just that much more special.
When the temperatures took a dive, I couldn’t help myself. I imagined a whisp of breath in the air in front of me and set my sights on making the best cup of hot chocolate I could muster. No powdered mix for this special occasion. I headed to pinterest where I found a recipe for Lavender Hot Chocolate. I truly believe there are two sides of the fence with lavender, either you hate it, it tastes like soap, or you gobble up anything infused with the herb. I fall in the latter group of admirers.
I headed to the local Spice Station in Silverlake and picked up an ounce of lavender buds. Unfortunately, this part of the recipe is not too easily found, but if you absolutely must make this recipe, you can buy the buds here.
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
- 1 ounce milk chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon lavender buds
Pour 2 cups of milk in large saucepan and bring to a simmer. Do not boil, you may scorch the milk. Add lavender buds to heating milk and allow to simmer together. Add chocolate ( I used Ghiradehli). The amount of chocolate suggested for this recipe turns out like drinking chocolate, so if you want it less intense, add just 2 oz of dark chocolate. I whipped up my own whip cream, which isnt necessary, but definitely tastier. Pour the hot chocolate through a sieve into your favorite mug, top with whipped cream and lavender buds and enjoy!!
I made this for my boys (Sam and Kevin) while they watched vintage Disney shorts. I set them down on the coffee table and before I had even reached the kitchen I heard, “Wow”, “Yumm”, “Honey this is amazing!”.
I slowly sipped on mine all night and enjoyed those I love enjoying something I made for them.
During a cold snap keep an eye out for a whisp of breath in the air. The second you see it, or imagine you do, whip up this tasty treat and hunker down in a large knit cardigan, wtih a funny movie. It will elevate your night-in beyond take out and re-runs!
**This is how Sam labeled the leftover hot chocolate. I found this the next day.**