Orange Hot Chocolate

9 Feb

Orange Hot Chocolate Vertical

Deceptively simple. This Orange Hot Chocolate tastes just like a Pepperidge Farm’s Orange Milano to me. It’s rich with the mild tanginess of fresh orange. 

My husband and I participate in a local farm cooperative. Each week we get locally grown produce from Full Circle Farm. Lately, it’s been a lot of citrus – oranges, tangelos, lemons, grapefruit, even pomelos.

It takes effort to find uses for all the citrus fruit. You can squeeze and freeze the juice but I wanted to use the fruit since it was so fresh. Thus, the orange hot chocolate was born!

And my husband pronounced it his FAVORITE hot chocolate to date. That means a lot. Consider my obsession with hot chocolate – Marshmallow Cream and Salted Caramel. So I hope you enjoy it, too!

Orange Hot Chocolate
3/4 cup Milk
1/4 cup Cream
4 oz Milk Chocolate (I used Callebaut)
1 tsp Cocoa Powder
1-2 Orange Slices
Zest of 1 Orange (in long strips, no white pith)
Pinch Salt

Garnish with Grand Marnier-spiked whipped cream, orange peel or a slice of orange.

Chef’s notes: You can skip the cream if you don’t have any on hand. And this recipe works with any kind of chocolate – your pick!

Orange Hot Chocolate - Orange PeelPour milk and cream into a small saucepan. Zest an orange into long strips with a knife or peeler. Don’t zest too deeply – avoid the white pith too far under the orange skin.

Add 1/2 of your orange zest and 1 slice of orange (don’t squeeze) to the milk in your saucepan. Bring the milk to a simmer on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.Orange and MilkChop your chocolate finely. Finely chopped chocolate will dissolve more easily.

Once your milk has simmered, remove from the heat and add your chopped chocolate, cocoa powder and pinch of salt. Let sit 1-2 minutes to melt, then stir to combine.

Strain your hot chocolate mixture through a fine sieve to remove the orange  and any lumps.

Orange Hot ChocolateGarnish with whipped cream, orange peel or a slice of orange. Enjoy! And let me know what you think of this orange hot chocolate.

- Beth

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