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.
Bring wine to a simmer over low heat . ** Heating the wine first is optional, do that only if you want to reduce the alcohol level. If not, simply add the wine over the cocoa and milk mixture, and bring everything to a boil.
Meanwhile in a bowl combine cocoa powder with sugar and salt. Add 2 or 3 tbsp of milk and stir well to combine. Add the rest of the milk, stir well and add over the wine. Bring to a boil while whisking from time to time.
Pour into your serving cups and serve.
Nutrition facts1 Serving - Calories:118, Fat:2.4 g, Saturated Fat:1.6 g, Carbohydrates:14.9 g, Sugar:14.8 g, Protein:4.1 g, Cholesterol:10 mg, Calories from Fat 22, Sodium 129 mg, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 2%, Iron 1%, Nutrition Grade C-, Daily Percent Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.