Saturday’s are for curling up on the sofa after a week of work, relaxing and indulging in some good TV and a warming drink under a blanket. One of the most Christmassy drinks you can so indulge in is a good ol’hot chocolate, and since the spread of festive flavours at Costa and Starbucks, I have been keen to try my own at home – behold, the Vegan Cinnamon Caramel Hot Chocolate with Coconut Vanilla Cream. A mouthful in two instances.
Ingredients (makes 2)
Christmas Mug (a must) | Milk of choice to fill 3/4 of your mug | Hot Chocolate Powder (I’m using Presat Cinnamon Flakes and Montezuma’s Christmas Spiced Mandarin) | 1/2 Carton Coconut Cream | 1 Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or a few caps of essence) | Sweet Freedom Choc Shot (optional) | Caramel Syrup
1. Get your Christmas cups all ready, you want something big for a filling drink! Measure 3/4 of milk in each mug and leave to boil in the pan, turning to a simmer near boiling point. Add in 4-6 heaped Tbsps of Chocolate powder – for a cinnamon taste I’ve used a blend of the Spiced Mandarin and Cinnamon Flakes, however you can add 2 Tbsp of Cinnamon Powder to the milk with the chocolate. Whilst your hot chocolate blends, pour in Caramel syrup as desired to taste.
2. Turn off the heat and allow the hot chocolate to settle and continue to heat up. Decant the cream into a jug with the vanilla paste and whisk until thick, also adjust the vanilla to taste as you may want a stronger vanilla flavour. Transfer the hot chocolate to mugs and dollop your cream on top, swirling on some Choc Shot for decoration and taste.
Et voila! A big mug of yummy chocolate goodness that’s perfect for the start of your Christmas holidays, sitting in front of the TV watching Elf or Love Actually, and definitely filling you up until your next meal. If you don’t want it too sweet, skip the cream and sip away at the cinnamon, caramel delight, and sit in wonder at why you haven’t already opened up your own coffee shop – let’s give Costa a run for their money!
Are you a hot chocolate fan? Do you like the seasonal flavours each year? What do you top your festive drinks with?
Lots of Love,