Foodie Fridays: Peanut Butter Cup Drinking Chocolate
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Did you see the news today? It snowed in south Texas! I don't live in Texas, but I'm jealous that they got the snow for which I've been not-so-patiently waiting. So, in honor of the big snow in the South, I thought today was the perfect occasion to drag out the recipe card for a fantastically decadent drinking chocolate.

What is drinking chocolate? Think 'hot cocoa taken to a whole new level.' In its luxurious, rich shadow, regular hot cocoa will seem thin and sort of weak. This recipe can be made with three or four simple ingredients and a little will go a long, long way to satisfying your sweet tooth.

Most of us have powdered hot cocoa mixes hanging out in our pantries -- I think I've got two boxes stashed away in my kitchen for emergency chocolate fixes. It works in a pinch and even tastes pretty good. But have you looked at the ingredient list for that stuff? Sure, it has your usual suspects: sugar, whey, cocoa, nonfat milk, and sugar. But many of the powdered mixes also contain hydrogenated coconut oil (trans fat alert!), salt (amounts of which you're unable to control), artificial flavors (such as?), and carrageenan (which has been accused by some of causing intestinal inflammation and possibly inflammatory bowl disease). Not the ingredients I want to build a long-term relationship with. So, if you're looking for something a little more simple and certainly more tasty, give drinking chocolate a try.

This one's easy to personalize, too. Add more milk to make it a bit thinner. Omit the peanut butter if it's not your thing or if you have nut allergies. (If you do, consider adding just a pinch of salt to the recipe.) Try it with dark chocolate, milk chocolate... or any chocolate combination that strikes your fancy!

As written, this recipe makes six to eight small servings (remember - a little goes a long way!). Scale back the recipe to half if you'd like, or you can do what I do and keep any extra covered in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just reheat slowly and re-blend before serving. Perfect for on-demand chocolate therapy!

Peanut Butter Cup Drinking Chocolate
3 cups whole milk
8 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped (chocolate chips are okay, too)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

Warm 1 1/2 cups of the milk with the chocolate, peanut butter and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted. Whisk in the remaining milk and heat until very warm (do not boil). Using a hand-held immersion blender or a whisk, mix the drinking chocolate until completely smooth. Serve warm.

Yield: 6-8 servings

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