Hello everyone, I hope you have enjoyed your weekend and maybe in some sunshine?🌞
As promised, here is the minty hot chocolate for you to all to enjoy! An excuse to trip down memory lane and to buy some chocky that was launched in the 60’s and still going strong today! It reminded me of when I was a kid in the 70’s and thinking that my folks were posh when they trotted out these minty confections at dinner parties!
So, I infused a big bunch of fresh mint leaves into a pan of local farm while milk and let it gently simmer for 15 mins. I left it to cool for an hour and then squeezed the mint leaves through a sieve into the warm minty flavoured milk. I used fresh mint as it has such a distinct, smooth flavour and it provides a good baseline of minty-ness before adding the more powerful flavour of peppermint extract. I then brought it back up to nearly boiling and added in 3 heaped teaspoons of Cadbury’s Hot Chocolate powder and 3 heaped teaspoons of my cupboard staple, 100% organic cocoa powder, for an intense chocolatey boost. I gave it a bit of a whisk, added a drop of peppermint extract, swirled it around a bit more, then poured it into the glasses. Finished it off with some squirty cream, shavings of 70% dark chocolate and garnished it with some mint “Matchmakers” sticking out of the cream and of course, some “After Eight Mints”. It was a pretty intense, minty, chocolatey indulgent drinky-snack and it was all gone in a flash!
As the festive season is approaching, I’ll look at doing an Egg Nog Latte and a Gingerbread Latte - the kids have asked me to make a “Mince Pie Latte” so will go all-out Cropley-style with that one!! Watch this space for more Cropley Costa Creations! Have a good week! 🌱🍃🍫 🥛😘🤗😘