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Bitter Sweet Indonesian Hot Chocolate

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Hello there 2015!! Today I welcome you into my life not with a healthy juice, dairy free goodies or with some healthy salad. Oh no. Today I welcome you into my life with a big warm cosy hug in the form of a bitter-sweet Indonesia malty hot chocolate. It may be the season for healthy eating and setting good food goals, but it is damn cold out here!! I am happily staying in my winter vibes for now: wrapped up in jammies and a big ol’ blanket whilst grasping one of these hot chocolates in my hands.

The key to a killer hot chocolate is the two pronged chocolate attack. Cocoa powder meets deadly 100% dark chocolate: one bringing the well loved sweet chocolatey base while the other brings the hard hitting grown-up chocolate kick. On top of all this we’re going to sneak some malt into the mix to bring thickness and that cosy, sleepy feeling all good hot chocolates should have.

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Ingredients – makes 5 cups of hot chocolate mix

3 cups of cocoa powder

1 cup of 100% dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 cup of malt (I used Horlicks)

1 tablespoon of golden caster sugar (if you want a sweet hot chocolate)

1 cinnamon stick

1 vanilla pod

To make – serves 1

1 1/2 cup of milk

1 1/2 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix

Handful of mini-marshmallows

Steps

1. Place all the ingredients in a large air tight jar and leave to infuse with the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod for a week.

2. Heat the milk in a saucepan till warm, but not boiling. Whisk in the hot chocolate mix to remove any lumps and pour into mugs. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!

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