Wednesday, February 6, 2013

White Hot and Chocolate...In A Mug

Whoever decided Valentine’s Day should be placed in the cold and snowy month of February, sure knew it was ultimately going to be a good idea. Frigid temps do not promote canoodling. Really. Just sayin’.  All those heavy layers of flannel and wool shirts, socks, mittens and coats?  It’s a time consuming challenge to young and old alike.

What better way to stay warm when the snow is blowing than to snuggle with your sweetie! Turn up the heat and turn down the lights, kindle the logs in the fireplace and light the candles, a little soft music in the background and a nice warm beverage to sip while sharing long moments together. Isn't that just what this holiday should be?

Just in case you’re wondering what warm beverage would pair with such an evening, I do have a suggestion. White Hot and Chocolate…In A Mug. Milk, cream and white chocolate chips simmered until smooth, silky and sensuous. Finish it off with a lush lacing of Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and just a kiss of Fire Water Cinnamon Schnapps to fan the flames of your evening. Canoodle away, friends!

One more thing...if you have the kiddies for the night? Just make theirs without the kick. To get the pink color, stir in a few cinnamon red hots while the milk is simmering. It might be a PG-rated, but it will still be a warm and wonderful evening.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

White Hot and Chocolate...In A Mug

Serves 2 (it's Valentine's Day after all)

  • 4 ounces white chocolate chips, Nestles for easy meltability
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream, or half & half
  • pinch salt

  • 3 ounces Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 2 ounces Fire Water Cinnamon Schnapps, more or less to your liking

In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the chips in half of the milk.  Whisk until smooth and gradually add the rest of the milk and the cream. Add just a pinch of salt.
Once the hot chocolate is simmering - do NOT boil - remove from heat.
Stir in the Godiva and Fire Water well.  Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows, shaved white chocolate or whipped cream.  What the heck, it's Valentine's Day. Do them ALL!

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