Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa

My dessert philosophy is Go Real. Go All the Way. If you are going to have a sweet, then indulge and enjoy it and then move on.  Kids love sweets and I think there is definitely a time and a place for them. I think that hot cocoa is the perfect sweet to end a cold day.   My girls ask for hot chocolate when it is 90 degrees outside……..and they are disappointed every time when I tell them it is too hot outside.  When the cold strikes they may be the only people in Utah excited because they know that it is now hot cocoa weather.

This Winter the cold came sudden and frigid around our house.  Definitely hot cocoa weather.  This cocoa recipe is thick, creamy, with a hint of citrus flavor that will warm you to your soul.  Oh, and did I mention it will take you about 5 minutes to make?  It is worth every minute you spend.

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!

The first step is to heat your milk mixture with your oranges.  You can use milk and heavy cream if you are feeling indulgent, and if your not then use milk and half and half.  Slice an orange (or clementine) and pop into 4-5 slices depending on how orangey you want it.  I also added a few drops of orange extract because I love that citrus flavor.   Heat on medium-low stirring frequently until nice and hot.   The orange slices leave a little of that yummy juicy pulp………if you have a texture issue you can strain it.  But I think it adds character to your cocoa.

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!

Then if you are feeling extra daring, add some orange zest to your milk mixture.

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Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!

Now it is time for the chocolate.  I have found that chocolate chips work as good as any chocolate.   I use a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate.  These are the brands that I prefer, but you can use whatever your chocolately heart desires.

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!

Pour them in and stir until completely melted.

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate!

Now pour in your favorite mug, and prepare yourself for the yummiest experience you have had in a while.  Just one more way to expose your kids to new flavors and new food experiences.

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa. Add a twist to your hot chocolate! Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa

Thick and Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa
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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cup – milk
  • 2 cup – heavy whipping cream
  • 1 medium – orange
  • 1 teaspoon – orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon – orange extract
  • 1 cup – chocolate chips, dark

Directions

  1. Zest orange.
  2. Pour milk and heavy cream or half-and-half into a saucepan. Add 4-5 orange slices, zest and extract.
  3. Warm over medium-low heat, then stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Stir until melted. Serve in your favorite hot cocoa mugs.

Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition per serving % daily value
  • Calories: 780 39%
  • Fat: 66 g 102%
  • Carb: 49 g 16%
  • Fiber: 4 g 16%
  • Protein: 8 g 16%
  • Sugar: 41 g
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Natalie Monson

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