Saturday, November 29, 2014

12 Days of Holiday! Day 6: Home Made Chocolate Latte

Happy Saturday & welcome to Day 6 of '12 Days of Holidays'!  We're halfway through folks!  I hope you're enjoying reading these as much as I've enjoyed coming up with ideas & sharing them!

Today, I'm sharing a cozy drink recipe that I came up with after our recent trip to New Orleans.

On the last day of our vacation, we had breakfast at a fun little donut shop on Magazine Street named District Donuts.  If you visit NOLA, you have to check this breakfast wonder out.  They have a unique mix of donuts that are different every day & they are absolutely delicious.  I had the raspberry chocolate & I am still craving it.  It was a perfectly cooked donut that tasted like it had raspberry truffle on top.  It was divine.

One of my favorite parts of our breakfast experience was the chocolate latte I had with my donut.  It was really rich, with just enough chocolate flavor & it wasn't overly sweet.  I fell hard for this cup o' joe.  After talking to the barista, he told me that they used chocolate milk instead of syrup.

Genius!  I just had to try this out for myself & I have to say, it's a pretty tasty at-home latte that I'll be making again & again, especially this holiday season!  It's enough of a treat to make you feel special, but quick enough to make on any morning.  A heads up that it works best with a milk frother.  They're pretty inexpensive but make a huge difference when trying to achieve that foamy latte.  I've found them for a few dollars at IKEA & World Market.

At-Home Chocolate Latte

1/4 cup chocolate milk
1/4 cup half & half
Strong coffee or espresso

Heat the chocolate milk & half & half in the microwave for 30 - 45 seconds in an extra tall glass or glass measuring cup.  While milk is still hot, froth with your milk frothed for 20 -30 seconds, being careful not to spill the hot liquid.  Divide mixture between two coffee cups & top off with coffee.  Froth each cup for a few moments to gain some extra foam.  Sprinkle with cocoa powder if desired & enjoy!


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