Sinfully Delicious Drinking Chocolate

At Sweet Beauty we promote the benefits of feeling good in order to feel beautiful and what makes you feel better than chocolate? There are many things that feel good, but chocolate is still tops in our book and we don’t like to be limited to just eating bars of it, although that is pretty great. We have searched through the best drinking chocolate recipes far and wide. We tried and loved them all, but needed something even better. We invite you to try it for yourself.

16 oz Whole Milk
4 oz Heavy Cream or Half and Half
4 oz Roughly Chopped Organic Chocolate, 75% or higher
2 Fresh Vanilla Beans or 1.5 t Vanilla Extract
1/4 to 1/3 cup Cane Sugar, Honey or Agave Nectar

Gently heat the Milk and Cream, being careful not to scald. Scrape the Vanilla Beans and add to the simmering Milk and Cream. Add the Chocolate. Gently stir until melted. Add Your Chosen Sweetener. Stir Well. Top with Fresh Made Whipped Cream.

For different twist on this recipe you could add:
2 Cinnamon Sticks
Chili Water (Simmer chili pepper cut in half and cleaned in 2 cups of water until reduced by half, strain)
Freshly ground nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
Espresso

You can adjust the quantity of Milk, Cream or Half and Half. The drink will be thinner and you get healthier.
I suppose you will too :)

Enjoy!

Valor Chocolate

Valor Chocolate

Valor Cafe in Valencia Spain

I eat a lot of chocolate since it is my passion and my business. Most of it is good, more than good, but I don’t think about it once it is gone. On a recent trip to Spain, I happened across Valor Chocolate or Chocolates Valor out of Alicante and I have been thinking about Valor ever since. I only spent a few fabulous moments at a Valor Chocolate cafe in Valencia, but my experience was wonderful.

I purchased a simple hot chocolate or so I thought. What I got was an extremely rich drinking chocolate sort of similar to how chocolate was consumed long ago when chocolate was first introduced to Europe. The drink is a tad sweeter since the processing of chocolate has changed dramatically, but wonderful all the same. I also purchased a few chocolate bars to take home which turned out to be nicely flavored and balanced. Valor does use Soy Lecithin, but there are worse things to worry about.

Although I won’t visit the Valor Cafe for a while, I have located a US source, in fact many, I have been out of the loop. You can visit www.worldpantry.com to purchase their chocolate drink mix and or bars. Enjoy.