Cheers: Billie’s Hot Chocolate with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Winter may not officially start for a couple weeks, but the cold has hit New York City, and as usual, I’m being a wimp about it. I wasn’t always this way, and can remember, as a kid, all the fun I would have spending hours in the snow building snowmen, sledding, and just rolling around in the fluffy white stuff. Afterward, my sister and I would go inside and peel off soggy layers of snowsuits, hats, and mittens and warm up over mugs of hot chocolate.
Those days are long gone, but this year I have vowed to become more of a “winter person.” How I’m going to accomplish this goal, I’m still unsure, but I decided that making a nostalgia-inducing cup of hot chocolate would be a perfect way to warm up! When I found this recipe in Lulu Powers Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining, I was more than excited because I have a serious addiction to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, as you can see from my photo. The secret to this recipe is the Reese Peanut Butter cup placed in the bottom of the mug before you ladle in the hot cocoa … Yum!
Let me just say that once you taste this hot chocolate, you will never want to make instant cocoa again. My roommates declared it the best they’d ever had. The cinnamon and cayenne pepper give it a kick, and the taste of Reese’s becomes more intense as you reach the bottom of the mug. The recipe calls for homemade whipped cream, but I used Reddi-Wip out of laziness, and of course, felt it necessary to sprinkle another crushed Reese’s over the top. Cheers!
- 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate
- 6 cups whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (optional)
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Whipped Cream (recipe follows)
1) Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a stainless-steel bowl set on
top of a pot of simmering water.
2) Pour the milk into a medium saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon,
and cayenne. Heat over low heat until simmering.
3) Whisk a cup of the milk into the chocolate. Add the chocolate mixture to
the milk mixture and whisk until smooth.
4) To serve, place one Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup in the bottom of each
mug and ladle the hot chocolate into the mugs. Top with a spoonful of
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whip the cream and vanilla together with a mixer or food processor