The only thing better than a steaming cup of hot chocolate is one with a few shots of espresso in it. Coffee and chocolate and meant to be together, and they complement each other beautifully.
Although we could call this one a mocha, this is distinctly chocolaty, so it’s more like a hot chocolate with coffee. So, here’s the deal, I love hot chocolate but can’t live without my coffee. I thought, why not enjoy both? This one’s strong, though. It will appeal to chocolate and coffee lovers alike! Here’s what you need to know about it.
To make this comforting and rewarding warm drink, I use two espresso shots, meaning it’s a double hot chocolate coffee, but add just one if you don’t want yours all that strong. South American Arabica medium roast is my coffee of choice for chocolate, creamy drinks, but find the one that sings to you; that’s the beauty of it.
We also need milk as a base. Here, go for your favorite, even plant based. For the chocolate flavor, we’re pulling out the big guns with both cocoa powder and chocolate syrup. Finally, let’s garnish this beauty with whipped cream and floating caramel candy, just for yuks.
To make this nice cup of caffeinated hot chocolate, brew the espresso and set it aside. Then, in a saucepan, heat the milk until steamy. It’s time to throw everything in, including the coffee, all except for the whipped cream. Pour the hot chocolate and garnish.
Adding the ingredients once the milk is warm is important, as the ingredients will dissolve better, especially the chocolate syrup. With this in mind, try adding some other things to your hot chocolate — marshmallows come to mind, and you can even melt some real chocolate in there! That’s what I call a luxurious hot chocolate coffee. Have fun making your own!
Brew the espresso and set it aside.
In a small saucepan, add the milk and heat over a medium flame until steamy but not boiling.
Pour in the chocolate syrup and stir in the cocoa powder. Add the espresso.
Mix well and pour into two cups.
Garnish with whipped cream, cocoa powder and caramel candy.