Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | January 27, 2014

Question of the Week #5 – 2014

Question of the Week #5 – 2014

On a bitter cold day like today, how do you make your hot chocolate?

My two cents (but please share yours):

I fill a large mug about 80% full with skim milk, microwave for 2 minutes (making sure it doesn’t boil over the rim), and add a generous amount of dark chocolate cocoa powder and a splash of orange juice. Some evenings at home, the orange juice is replaced with a smaller splash of orange liqueur.



  1. orange juice? doesn’t that make the milk curdle?

    • Hi Patti, I let it cool a bit and add the juice after the cocoa. If the milk is boiling, it might curdle. It’s the same principle as making lemon-cream sauces. Cheers, Ashley

  2. I love orange and chocolate together. What a good idea. Thanks Ashley!

    • You’re very welcome, Kathleen. And Patti’s right about watching out for curdling. Add the orange juice after the cocoa and after the milk has cooled a bit below the boiling point. Maybe I should bring the picoblog on making cheese from boiling milk back as a Picoblog Pick. Cheers, Ashley

    • Also, Kathleen, adding orange marmalade to unsweetened cocoa might work in hot chocolate, too. Or raspberry jam. Or strawberry jam. Time to play with our food, again. Cheers, Ashley

  3. Usually just water and sugar-free cocoa (for diabetes). If I’m specifically wanting it to help me go to sleep, I’ll use 1% milk instead of water.

    If I have a cold or sore throat, I’ll use chicken bullion instead of cocoa in the water.

    • Chicken bullion is a great option, David, especially this winter. Cheers, Ashley

  4. Sounds delicious .I’ll have to try that!

    • Hope you like it, Elizabeth. Also, be sure to try other flavors such as coffee, raspberry, and strawberry. Cheers, Ashley

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