The secret to a gourmet hot chocolate isn’t whipped cream

A peppermint hot chocolate at Courtyard Cafe in Dallas on Dec. 13, 2019.Courtyardcafe Dallas Ar 01
A peppermint hot chocolate at Courtyard Cafe in Dallas on Dec. 13, 2019.Courtyardcafe Dallas Ar 01 /

Gourmet hot chocolate is tastier when you replace whipped cream with this ingredient.

Looking to make a gourmet hot chocolate at home? While everyone has their special recipes, ingredients or other hacks, this secret ingredient might not be quite as common. Still once you try this gourmet hot chocolate, you will be glad that you did.

There are many ways to make a hot chocolate. From that simple packet that kids love to rich chocolate, there are many ways to make this classic beverage. While there are various recipes, one ingredient swap could make the hot chocolate experience even tastier.

For a gourmet hot chocolate, the beverage needs to have a rich, creamy texture. Just like a decadent chocolate dessert, that indulgence needs to come through in each sip.

While many people put a big dollop of whipped cream on a hot chocolate, that ingredient isn’t the only option to add a richness to the beverage. Have you ever put mascarpone in a hot chocolate?

Mascarpone is used in a variety of desserts. For example, Tiramisu gets its luscious, creamy texture from mascarpone.

Instead of putting whipped cream on a gourmet hot chocolate, consider adding some mascarpone. The creamy, sweet cheese makes for a velvety hot chocolate. The Italian style cheese melts into the hot beverage and instantly makes for a luscious sip.

While some people might scoff at the idea, consider doing a little taste test. It is best to swirl the mascarpone into the hot chocolate or let it melt into the beverage. Also, consider some chocolate shavings, a sprinkle of nutmeg or even some crushed peppermint on top, too.

When choosing a mascarpone, there are many options. From well-known brands to local farmers, like Crave Brothers Farmstead Mascarpone, the varieties can make a difference in flavor. It can be fun to experiment to see which flavor you like best.

This holiday season serve a gourmet hot chocolate that will surprise and impress everyone in the house. You don’t have to tell them your secret ingredient. Just let them wonder why your hot chocolate tastes so good.

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