Delicious recipe for classic hot chocolate

November 5, 2008 4:18:40 PM PST
A Bay Area chocolatier shares his unique recipe for this classic and comforting drink.

Charles Chocolates' Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe

This is a recipe for the best Hot Chocolate you will ever try. It does double duty as the base for our Frozen Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Slushie) as well.

For the Frozen Hot Chocolate, start with a batch of the Hot Chocolate recipe below, cooled to room temperature. Fill a blender container with ice cubes to the halfway point, and then add the cooled Hot Chocolate until the blender is 2/3 full.

With your hand over the blender lid, mix on high speed for approximately 20 seconds, or until the mix is smooth and frothy.

Serve!

Ingredients:
4 Cups Whole Milk
½ Cup Water
9 ounces Bittersweet Chocolate (70%)
½ Cup Sugar

Directions:
1. Bring Milk, Water and Sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring to dissolve the Sugar
2. Add the Chocolate and mix with a whisk to dissolve
3. Heat until just at a boil and remove
4. Use an immersion or regular blender to froth for one minute

Chuck (Charles) Siegel, Founder and President of Charles Chocolates:
Chuck (Charles) Siegel, founder and president of Charles Chocolates, was born in Flint, Michigan to parents who insisted that their children travel and see the world outside of their home town. Through this came an appreciation for quality, gourmet foods and an item that quickly became a favorite for Siegel was chocolate. Years later, having not yet considered the possibility of pursuing a career in the food industry, he set his sights on a seemingly more attainable task - teaching himself to make chocolate truffles. Truffles led to caramels and caramels to more creative confections that had not yet been seen in the American chocolate landscape.

In 1987, at the relatively young age of 25, Siegel started his first premium chocolate company, Attivo Confections, in San Francisco. For more than seven years he dedicated himself to recreating childhood favorites with a decidedly gourmet sensibility. Products that are now fairly common in the world of gourmet confections were first created at Attivo, including The Apple, a giant Granny Smith coated in fresh cream caramel, dipped in bittersweet chocolate and coated with Macadamia nuts or crumbled biscotti as well as the first gourmet s'more.

After taking a break from the world of chocolate and becoming part of the Silicon Valley "dot com" revolution, Siegel approached his wife with a bittersweet question. "I knew very well that I wasn't going to be happy behind a desk and I longed to return to the candy kitchen so I could create the confections that I kept dreaming up," said Siegel. She said yes to his idea of starting another chocolate company, and 6 months later, Charles Chocolates was born.

Now four years old, Charles Chocolates is regarded as one of the most notable super-premium chocolatiers in the country. And, with a year-old retail store and kitchens in Emeryville, CA, it has also become a destination for foodies and chocolate lovers the world over. Siegel has set out to redefine the world of fine chocolate confections by using only the finest ingredients, including some of the world's best chocolates, organic herbs, fruits and nuts as well as the freshest cream and butter. This, combined with his unique sensibility, which marries classic artistry and culinary skill with groundbreaking vision is the reason that the products being crafted in the Charles Chocolates kitchen are among the most coveted in the industry.

About Charles Chocolates:
Charles Chocolates is a gourmet, super-premium chocolatier located in Emeryville, CA - just outside of San Francisco. Under the direction of President and Founder, Chuck (Charles) Siegel, the company's confections feature only the finest ingredients including the world's best chocolate, organic herbs, fresh fruits and nuts as well as the freshest cream and butter. All products and gift sets are available online at charleschocolates.com and in more than 600 gourmet and specialty retailers nationwide. The Charles Chocolates retail store and kitchen is open daily from 11am-7pm, offering a unique experience for locals and tourists alike. Factory tours are available throughout the year. Website: http://www.charleschocolates.com/


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