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Valrhona Drinking Chocolate Recipe #1

I decided to experiment with drinking chocolates. Since I had a bar of Valrhona Dark Bittersweet Chocolate (Le Noir Amer: 71% cacao) around the house, I used that as the base.

2 squares (approx. 1 oz.) Valrhona Dark Bittersweet chocolate
1 glass milk (8 oz.)
1/4 tsp. sugar (optional)

Grate as much of the chocolate as you can without getting tired or shredding your fingers. Break up the reamining chocolate in small pieces (as much as you can break with your fingers assuming the bar has been residing in a cool place). Seperate the grated chocolate from the broken pieces.
Pour the milk into a pot and heat over medium low heat until vapors start to rise. Slowly mix in most of the grated chocolate, leaving aside some to sprinkle over the finished drinking chocolate. Change the heat to low. Keep stirring the milk until the chocolate has dissolved. Now slowly add the chocolate pieces one by one into the milk. Thoughout the process, keep stirring the milk making sure that it doesn't burn or boil. If desired, mix in the 1/4 teaspoon of sugar.
After all the chocolate has dissolved, pour into a mug and sprinkle the remaining grated chocolate over the drinking chocolate. Enjoy!

Just a note: Drinking chocolates traditionally have much more fat than hot chocolates. In the case of this recipe, you are getting almost 50% of your daily requirement of saturated fat from 1 glass of drinking chocolate. So be careful, or at least be aware :-)

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