try it tuesday: birthday edition

I have always had a strict no-Christmas-before-my-birthday policy. If I start gearing up for Christmas and decorating before November 24th, my celebrations get all mixed up. One thing at a time, people.
That said, today is my birthday and I am turning 25.
So, to celebrate, Husband and I planned to break out a little bit of Christmas early to savour some delicious candy cane hot chocolate.
But then, work friend JH noted that if, in fact, Husband was supposed to wait on me hand and foot for my birthday, then he should also be responsible for Try It Tuesday, right? What a great idea!
So Husband and lovely friend A took on this recipe, while I sat back and watched tried really hard not to get in the way.
Here is the homemade recipe, courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Homemade Hot Chocolate

10 ounces best-quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 quarts milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine chocolate and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until chocolate is melted and milk is very hot and frothy, about 20 minutes.
They chopped that chocolate like pros.
Remove from heat. Add vanilla; pour into a blender, filling halfway.
But this is where things got really interesting …
Blend, holding lid in place (the hot liquid will expand), until frothy. Serve immediately. Blend remaining milk-and-chocolate mixture.
They snapped the lid on tight and pressed blend — and then they both screamed out words that cannot be repeated on this G rated blog …

Holy hot chocolate! The hot mixture heated up and softened the plastic of the blender lid, which meant that, even with Husbands hand on top, it didn’t exactly stay in place as expected.
Gotta give them credit — they cleaned it up and tried again.
Second time’s a charm!
The special twist — add a candy cane for some festive flavour!

Thank for the lovely birthday treat!
But in the name of Try It Tuesday, would we make it again? No. For the cost of the ingredients, the hassle of making it, the time it takes to clean the kitchen when the hot chocolate explodes out of the blender, and the overall taste … next time, we’re going to Starbucks!
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6 responses

  1. I am sad to report that the lovely picture on the wall didn't really survive the explosion. There are some chocolate stains on the paper under the glass of the frame. Oh well. The toaster was a gift from my step-dad and has inspired the entire red theme of my kitchen. I love it. And it does play music!

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