- Difficulty 1
- Prep Time 5 mins
- Cook Time 10 mins
- Serves 2
You’re never too old for a cozy cup of hot chocolate — just make it a grown-up version. This warmer-upper is perfect for chilling fireside when the weather outside is frightful. Reducing the stout a little on the stove brings out its creaminess, which makes it a love match with the milky base. Adding chocolate and cocoa powder creates a one-two punch of fudgy flavour.
- 1 330 mL bottle stout
- 4 tsp (20 mL) granulated sugar (approx)
- 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) whole milk
- 60 g semisweet chocolate, chopped (about 1/3 cup/80 mL)
- 1 tbsp (15 mL) cocoa powder
- Whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate shavings (optional)
- 1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring stout to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to medium and whisk until bubbles subside. Simmer, whisking occasionally, until stout is reduced by one-quarter (about 1 cup/250 mL will remain), 5 to 6 minutes.
- 2. Whisk in sugar until dissolved, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Whisk in milk and bring to a very gentle simmer, whisking often to prevent burning and to keep a skin from forming on the surface. Whisk in chocolate and cocoa powder until melted and smooth.
- 3. Divide between 2 mugs. Serve as is, or top with whipped cream, marshmallows or chocolate shavings (if using).
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