Ever since I saw this recipe on SAVEUR website I was eager to give this a try. What attracted me the most was the idea to combine hot chocolate with red wine. What a brilliant idea and I never thought of it before. Who doesn't love to delight with a cup of hot chocolate during the cold season? Or a hot wine? To combine these two is amazing.
Even though, I didn't follow SAVEUR's recipe. I did my own version, using good quality cocoa powder instead of chocolate and used no water during the boiling process. The reason I used cocoa powder is not only that it tastes delicious in this way too, but in the same time I avoided fat and calories which are contained in chocolate. I almost saved about 300 calories per serving using cocoa powder instead of bittersweet chocolate.
Even if this hot chocolate or hot cocoa is low fat and has far fewer calories it doesn't loose any of its delicious qualities, it is still creamy and smooth and just perfect to be served. The combination with red wine makes it a true delight. Hope you will give this a try.