Make Ahead Hot Chocolate from Delectalicious.com

1- 12ounce bag of chocolate chips 

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 teaspoon salt


Put chocolate chips, heavy cream, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.  


Cook at full power for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.  Continue heating and stirring until smooth.  This should only take 2 to 3 minutes max.  


Cover and place in the fridge until firm, 2 to 4 hours.  Lay out a long piece of plastic wrap and divide the chocolate mixture into 10 even amounts leaving room in between to cut the plastic and then roll up the chocolate. Hint - A cookie scoop worked great dividing the chocolate. 


Once all the chocolate is rolled up place the balls in a freezer bag and pop it in the freezer for future use.  


When you start craving some hot chocolate take out one chocolate ball, unwrap, and place in a coffee mug.  


Add 1 cup of milk and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes,stirring occasionally, or until warm and the chocolate is melted.  Again this should not take more than 3 minutes.   


Voila you have the best instant hot chocolate ever!



Having the inquisitive mind that I do I did a test using milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and bittersweet chocolate.  Here are my observations


Milk Chocolate - never really hardened up in the fridge.  Even in the freezer it never fully hardened.  This is a little problematic with the plastic wrapped but worked ok.  After heated in the milk it gave a slight hint of chocolate.  My least favorite.


Semisweet Chocolate - hardened up nicely and gave the milk a nice sweet and creamy flavor.  Very good.  Several friends that tasted it really liked it!


Bittersweet Chocolate - hardened up nicely and gave the milk a full chocolate flavor.  My favorite.  The hubby tasted it and said he could not tell a difference between the semisweet and bittersweet which really surprised me because he's not a dark chocolate eater.  


Cheers,

Shannon


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