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!
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)
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!
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.Chop 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.