OK, so I was sort of hesitant to put “Starbucks Style” in the title of this blog. On the one hand, a lot of people don’t like Starbucks and I don’t necessarily want to aspire to cook like a goliath corporate chain. On the other hand, their hot chocolate is realllly good. When I am in Cyprus and I am sort of missing North America, I have to say that I find myself wandering towards Starbucks, buying a drink and sitting inside watching the world go by. It seems Starbucks’ around the world basically feel the same, and have this way of making me think – for a second until I look out into the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea – that I am back in Victoria, BC. Bravo Starbucks, mission accomplished.
As much as one may be able to find fault with Starbucks, one thing I cannot find fault with is their hot chocolate. I just love its texture combined with the whipped cream on top. So this week when I set out to make hot chocolate, my aim/goal/inspiration was Starbucks’ hot chocolate. And I have to say that though I may not be able to serve this hot chocolate to my friends in fancy-schmancy Starbucks’ cups, the taste is just as delicious. Tee Hee, mission accomplished pour moi.
for the hot chocolate
1/4 cup water
1/3 tbs good quality cocoa powder
2 tbs sugar (less if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
1/2 cups milk (any type you prefer)
1/4 tsp liquid vanilla extract
for the whipped cream
1 cup of whipping cream
1/2 tsp liquid vanilla extract
1 tbs powdered sugar (less if you don’t have a sweet tooth)
1. In a small pan over medium heat on the stove, heat the water, cocoa powder and sugar. Once heated and combined, add the milk and vanilla extract. Stir on medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Pour into a cup. Add whipped cream on top with a bit of cocoa powder sprinkled on top.