Easy to make red velvet hot chocolate recipe. Simply delightful to sip on a cold day. Curl up with a mug of this, a good book, a cozy blanket and roaring fire nearby.
I want to say thank you.
To everyone who takes the time to visit my little blog.
It’s become my happy place.
I love seeing your comments each day.
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Cravings of a Lunatic is more than just a blog, more than just a recipe source. It’s become a community. One that I enjoy being such a big part of. I am honoured and touched every single day by all of you. For all the joy you bring me.
So as a small token of my gratitude I thought I would give away a thank you gift to one lucky reader. I wish I could offer it to all of you. I wish it was a bigger offering. However our lives are just starting to take an upswing so we need to stay frugal and power through some things. For now this $50 Amazon Gift Card is all I can offer. Well, that and my undying love and gratitude to you for letting me be a small part of your lives each day.
I feel very blessed. My readers are such a positive bunch. I feel really lucky to have you. It’s a judgement free zone here and I think in turn you guys give me the same respect. I don’t get rude or nasty comments. Every day I thank my lucky stars to have such loyal, kind readers. You really rock my world.
So enjoy some Red Velvet Hot Chocolate, and stick around to enter the giveaway. It’s open to everyone. I’m also going to make it super easy to enter. I promise you will not have to jump through 200 hoops to enter this one. For now grab some marshmallows and enjoy a cuppa.
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- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup hot water, doesn't have to be boiling, just hot
- 4 cups of milk, my preference for hot chocolate is 2%
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- Red food colouring, use the gel as it gives the deeper red hue you want
- Mini Marshmallows
- Whipped cream
- Sprinkles for the rims of mugs
- Before you begin you need to decide if you want to decorate the rims of the mugs. If you do this step needs to be done before making the hot chocolate. You basically take corn syrup and rub it around the rim of the mugs. Then put your sprinkles on a plate or in a large bowl and dunk the rim in it. Roll it around so you get them everywhere. Set aside while you start the hot chocolate.
- In a saucepan whisk together the cocoa powder and hot water. This just ensures the cocoa powder breaks up and you don't get bits of it floating after you cook this. Works like a charm when using powder. It basically looks like a thick sludge but trust me it's worth it. Once you get it all mixed with no powdery bits left you can turn the stovetop on to a medium-low heat. Quickly add your milk, and brown sugar. You need to continue to mix it while it heats up. The key with hot chocolate in my opinion is heating it but not letting it boil. You want to heat it up gently so you don't scorch it.
- Once it's hot enough to serve remove from the heat. Add the corn syrup and red gel food colouring. Mix carefully so you don't splash red dye everywhere. The gel mixed with the cocoa powder is what gives red velvet a nice deep red colour.
- Pour into mugs.
- Top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.
- Serve with a big old happy and grateful smile!
You can hit the hot chocolate with a touch of heavy cream right at the end to thicken it up a bit if desired. It's a good tip for a nice hearty hot chocolate.
Mixing the water and cocoa powder is something I learned back in the day from my mom. It works like a charm so you never get those crazy little flecks of powder while drinking hot chocolate. You basically use a tiny bit of water and mix it with the cocoa powder till it's a sludgey mixture. Doesn't sound appealing I know but it's the best way to describe it. Then when you add the milk and heat it all up you will not have lumps.
Corn syrup rules in hot chocolate. If you are anti-corn syrup use honey.
You can also do the rims with water but I find it makes the sprinkle colours bleed. So I use corn syrup.
Gorgeous right. I was making a bunch of hot chocolate recipes for various events and clients recently. This one was going to be put aside until Valentine’s Day but it’s just too pretty not to share. I always make lots of Red Velvet recipes around the holidays so I just had to share it with you now. I could not wait. There’s another interesting hot chocolate recipe slotted for January. You’re going to love it. In the meantime sip on this one.
Without further ado I shall get to the giveaway. It’s my Reader Appreciation Day Giveaway. Thank you so much for embracing me, and the blog. This journey to finding and pursuing my passion in life would not be possible without you. I am grateful. Every day. For you.
$50 Amazon Gift Card for Reader Appreciation Day: All you have to do is a leave a comment telling me what you’re grateful for this time of year. That’s it. It’s that simple. Rule mumbo jumbo: Open to everyone (must be 18 years of age to enter) who lives in an area with access to Amazon. Whether it be Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, whatever works for you. One entry per person. Winner has 72 hours to respond to email notice of winning to claim the prize, otherwise it will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn. Prize is not sponsored. It is being provided by me personally as a thank you to my readers. Giveaway will close on December 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be contacted via email.
For all you do.
For all you bring me.
I am blessed.
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