European hot chocolate is a creamy, dark, rich and thick drink that is meant to be savored. Best enjoyed on a cold night snuggled up with a good book. Definitely for hard core chocolate lovers.
As kids, hot chocolate can be a special treat. As adults, we tend to come up with ways to enhance our drinks, creating ‘adult’ beverages.
Hot chocolate is not excluded from this tradition. This European hot chocolate is one of those ways, however, no alcohol is involved.
You start by infusing milk and cream with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla bean. Next, you add coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate and sugar.
The result is an amazingly rich and chocolaty European hot chocolate. Honestly, this is not for the kids.
Or for anyone that doesn’t appreciate a good semi-sweet chocolate, for that matter.
This is extremely thick and rich, and meant for sipping, not gulping.
This drink is not overly sweet, like traditional American hot chocolate. In fact, most would consider it on the bitter side.
Also, even though I’ve shown it served in mugs, a demitasse is more appropriate for this recipe. European hot chocolate is meant to be drunk in small amounts.
However, it is so decadent you will certainly want a second serving.