When you think of hot chocolate, odds are good you picture cradling a steaming mug of the stuff on a cold winter’s day. And while that is an exceptional way to consume drinking chocolate, the reality is there are many other ways to put this creamy, fudgy drink to good use. Need some proof? Here are six delicious (and unexpected) recipes that incorporate drinking chocolate.
If ever there was a decadent breakfast, this is it. The toast itself is made with coconut milk, drinking chocolate, thick challah bread, and plenty of butter before getting doused in a hot cocoa ganache (which includes more coconut milk or heavy cream, nine ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, coconut oil or butter, and espresso powder) and a coconut-marshmallow-whipped-cream topping. Give yourself plenty of time to nap after this meal—you’re going to need it!
You may not have heard of this recipe before, but you’re likely to spread the word once you give it a try. The instructions are the result of a group of friends passing around the recipe and adding their own improvements and embellishments in order to come up with the final product. One of the secrets to the sponge cake’s light, moist texture is the use of drinking chocolate in the batter. The recipes goes whole-hog on chocolate by topping the cake with chocolate icing.
This recipe is perfect for anyone who hates cleaning up in the kitchen: It only requires one bowl! You’ll stir all the ingredients—which include butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, drinking chocolate, salt, baking powder, and chocolate chips—together into a medium bowl before spreading the mixture into a prepared baking pan. After that, it’s just a matter of waiting for the brownies to bake and cool before digging in.
We’re all familiar with the classic Rice Krispie Treat. This recipe builds on that childhood staple by adding in the rich flavors of hot chocolate and topping off the whole shebang with chocolate chips. (The recipe calls for using hot chocolate mix from packets, but you can elevate the recipe by choosing a higher-quality drinking chocolate.) Just as with the original recipe, these are simple and quick to make—in less than 45 minutes, you’ll have yourself 24 crispy, chocolatey treats.
Once you’ve had these hot chocolate pancakes, you may never be satisfied with the plain variety again. Drinking chocolate gets folded into the batter to ensure you get chocolatey flavor in every bite. Then—this is the best part—the pancakes get doused in a hot chocolate syrup made from a combination of maple syrup and drinking chocolate. Top the plate off with a dollop of whipped cream to complete your decadent brunch.
Are you salivating yet? These nicely balanced bars combine a gooey, chewy base (complete with drinking chocolate, marshmallows, and even more chocolate in the form of chocolate chips) with light, creamy marshmallow buttercream frosting. To achieve the right chewy texture, avoid over-mixing the dry and wet ingredients and be sure to remove the bars from the oven after the edges and top have set but before the center fully browns. The recipe can easily be converted for anyone who’s gluten-free.
As you can see, there’s no sense in waiting until cold weather hits to break out the drinking chocolate. Put your stash to good use all year long with these delicious recipes.