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Truffle Hot Chocolate with Flavored Whipped Cream

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When it’s cold outside…greet guests at the door with steaming mugs of rich hot chocolate. As the crowning touch, offer a selection of flavored whipped creams (recipes below).

What You Need:
(Makes: 6 servings)

4 cups of milk
6 ounces of 70% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
A dash of salt
For the Dulce De Leche Whipped Cream:
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
For the Chocolate Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
For the peppermint Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of peppermint extract
1 tablespoon of crushed peppermint candies
For the Coffee Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon of instant espresso powder
1 tablespoon of sugar
Chocolate-covered coffee beans, optional
For the Irish Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon of Irish cream liqueur

What to Do:
STEP 1)
In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until bubbles form around sides of pan (do not boil). Remove from the heat; whisk in the chocolate, brown sugar, espresso powder, vanilla and salt until smooth. Return to the heat; cook and stir until heated through. Pour into mugs; top with desired flavor of whipped cream.

STEP 2) Make the Dulce De Leche whipped cream: In a heavy skillet, melt sugar until golden. Gradually stir in cream; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. Beat until stiff peaks form.

STEP 3) Make the chocolate whipped cream: In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add chocolate syrup; beat until stiff peaks form.

STEP 4) Make the peppermint whipped cream: In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and extract; beat until stiff peaks form. Garnish with candies.

STEP 5) Make the coffee whipped cream: In a small bowl, beat cream and espresso powder until it begins to thicken. Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Garnish with coffee beans if desired.

STEP 6) Make the Irish whipped cream: In a small bowl, beat cream and liqueur until stiff peaks form.

STEP 7) Sip & Enjoy!

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