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I don’t know about where you live but in upcountry Maui it feels like Autumn. It’s cloudy, looks like rain and for us it’s getting a little chilly.

One of my Fab40 pals asked me the other day how she can incorporate chocolate into a food plan that is low in fat and calories. I gave a few suggestions but then this morning it really hit me.  

HOT CHOCOLATE!  

If you have box of the stuff in the pre measured envelopes that you pour into boiling water or milk - STEP AWAY FROM THAT ENVELOPE!  

Look in your pantry. Way back in the very recesses of the shelf that you never use. You know the one. If you look real close you just might find a container of cocoa powder. You needed a few tablespoons for a recipe and the rest, well, just got put away. If you find it, bring it out.  

Besides the fact that cocoa powder has only 1/2 gram of fat per tablespoon and, if you‘re following a diet low in carbohydrates you’ll only find 2 grams, it makes really rich, delicious hot chocolate. Make yourself a cup, have a seat, put your feet up and.........say ahhhh!  

So, here’s my recipe:  

1 Cup skim milk, soy milk, water, whatever!
1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, any brand.
A sweetener of your choice; honey, splenda, sugar.....you get the idea  

Heat the milk and the cocoa powder together on medium heat
Whisk vigorously to dissolve the cocoa powder and create a foam on the top.

Sprinkle in your sweetener of choice, your quantity of choice and whisk until incorporated.

enjoy - guilt free.



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Sounds wonderful... Here in Alabama it is still hitting the low 80’s in the afternoon. It is getting cooler in the morning. I cannot wait to try this. I love fall and this will be great on those cool mornings on the screened in porch. Thanks for the tips.



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      Daphne wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Yummmmmmmmm...but i have another way!

      I have a Tassimo and i love it.  I used to make a pot of coffee every morning and enjoy only the first cup because the rest of it tasted old and bitter.  Every year i receive $$ from the outlaws and a few years ago i decided that i was going to buy myself a Tasimo system with my holiday cash.  Not only does this tassimo make excellent coffee, one delicious cup at a time, but it also makes latte, cappucino, espresso, tea, and HOT CHOCOLATE!  

      Granted, the method you shared is WAY better on the waistline!



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Daphne, maybe try mixing the cocoa powder into the cup of coffee after you make it - it would be like a mocha!



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      Daphne wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • ohhhhhhhhh....now you‘re onto something, Choco!  I’ll be trying that one soon!



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • OOOOHHHH Chocolatier you must know me!
      Whenever I want something sweet but don’t want so many calories I make a cup of hot chocolate....mostly in the cooler months but I also have it in the summer.
      I have been guilty sometimes in the past of reaching for that terrible package of brown dust from time to time....don’t tell anyone.

      Just the other day I had a craving,... it has been cooler here in Savannah lately so the comfort cravings have been kicking in.
      Anyway, I melted three squares of Girardelli semi sweet chocolate into a cup of hot almond milk and sprinkled a little cinnamon on top...yummy.
      I would have used skim milk but I’ve sworn off dairy for the month to see if will have a positive effect on my skin.
      Anyway, it was really good.



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      Mimi41 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Hey! I’m in Alabama too! I also love hot chocolate. To me that is making it the old fashion way. That’s how I made it when I was a kid. (except a used a whole lot of sugar back then) I am trying to cut out sugar (sugarbusters!)



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      Gina Venturini wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • I’m not usually a hot chocolate drinker but for some reason today, the Starbucks Signature Hazelnut flavored hot chocolate was calling my name. And I even had them put whipped cream on top. It was very tasty. It might have to be my new drink instead of the usual not fat Chai Latte.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Melting the chocolate in is exactly the way! I’m guessing each square is about an ounce. And, the addition of cinnamon is just perfect.

      And, yes, this way really cuts the sugar. We control how sweet we want it.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • love this-use it when I need something chocolatey Cynthia!
      I, being the coffe-holic as well-always use a 1/2 coffee mix.
      Since I’m a dairy free person, I use the soy milk choice, vanilla



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Oh yes carine,... I forgot I use vanilla almond milk. I can’t use soy because of thyroid issues.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • We love homemade hot chocolate too. Our milk supply skyrockets during the cold months (our goats usually have their babies Jan-March) so I often treat the kids with hot chocolate in the mornings. I will often fix myself a cup at night to help me get to sleep. I only cheat and use the envelope mixes when I am subjected to ‘plain ole coffee’ (continental breakfasts are a good example.) Then I mix a whole pack into my cup of coffee. :)
      It would be OH so much better with those yummy looking truffles to accompany it though! So, how much do you charge and what would it cost to ship them to Georgia????
      Almost50 - I am near Macon so not to far away from you!
      I am really enjoying the cooler nights and mornings. Today we had a gully washer! We badly needed rain, but it sure wasn’t fun mucking around in it today.  

      Sharing Hope,
      Dee Dee



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      Mary Clark wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • I“m not too far from you almostfiveo and happymomma...about 2 1/2 hours from you both...it has been cooler..and I am so glad.  And we’ve had some nice rain today as well.  WE have a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 tonight.  

      I might make that hot chocolate tomorrow at work for everyone.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Maybe we need to start a Georgia group? :)

      Dee Dee



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • I don’t live anywhere near Georgia but I’ll be there in spirit. By the way, all the rain you described, my husband calls it a toad strangler



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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • So, I read this and had to make myself some hot chocolate!

      UMMMMM...so good!

      Cheers!



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      Kristine McDavid wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Chocolatier, everytime I read one of your posts I think, this woman is a genius posting on this site.   What woman doesn’t LOVE chocolate???   I think are very few out there.  I worked in NYC in the restaurant business for years.  One day a family came in to celebrate a birthday and they brought brownies covered in chocolate icing as a cake.   The ate very little of it and left the rest for the wait staff.   We brought that cake into the kitchen and the women working descended upon it like locusts.  It was gone in minutes!  Now I have to go make myself some hot chocolate:)



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      Marie Hempsey wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • WOW...Great idea. I cannot wait to do that. You are a genius! I think when i do this i will make sure the laptop is on hand so i can post a great big thank you to you!
      Have a wonderful evening!
      Friends,
      Ree



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      Gwendolyn007 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Thanks Cynthia!!  I love hot cocoa & will be making some this week (after I pick up some cocoa powder tomorrow).  It is 42 degrees here & it is suppose to get colder....brrrr!!  I do love fall but I am afraid we are going to have snow again this year in October like last year.  It isn’t the norm here in Western Washington....well, maybe it will be, lol!!

      Cheers,
      Gwen



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • LOVE IT....as soon as the fast is over, this is my drink of choice.

      THANK YOU.



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • It was rainy all last evening here as well and more expected today...more hot chocolate anyone?

      Hey Cynthia...This is so funny you may have single handedly caused a rush on chocolate at the grocery stores...I can see the ticker tape on CNN*...where has all the chocolate gone?...strange chocolate shortage hits the country in the midst of financial crisis...*

      LOL! I actually made my chocolate almond milk concoction last night after I commented last night as well.!



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • I just so happen to have cocoa powder in my pantry that I use for one of my DIY recipes. Thanks for the tip! I LOVE my hot chocolate with peppermint! Sprinkles and whip cream don’t hurt either! (except for my waistline!)



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • Don’t forget the Kahlua! mmmmm
      I have a Kahlua Chocolate cake recipe that is “to die for.” :) And with a cup of homeade hot chocolate
      I better quit and remind myself that nothing is as good as thin feels. I measured and have lost *4* inches off my muffin top/kangaroo pouch. So, I guess I should just keep dreaming about the cake, and enjoy the drink instead. LOL

      Dee De



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      Rene' Grandon wrote Oct 13, 2008
    • i love hot chocolate. my mom has a wondeerful recipe too!
      but i have to have ones with no milk becasue of being dairy retarded (Ha! Just latose intolerate.) he doesn’t taste the same as with milk,but i do love it.
      Chocolatier you rock!

      ciao,
      Bella



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      Ritanurse wrote Oct 14, 2008
    • Thanks so much for your suggestions Cynthia! This type of Hot Chocolate should help me feed my chcolate craving without feeling guilty. Hope you are enjoying your excursion! Smiles,Rita



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      Gabby wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • Wow Cynthia——I simply love hot chocolate. I sure will try as per your advice.

      I visited your Blog—-you sure are ‘super-duper’ Your hubby must be so proud of your talent!
      gabby



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Nov 19, 2008
    • Cynthia- So I was running around the other day and decided to stop at Starbucks to get my peppermint hot chocolate and was very disappointed when they did not put the sprinkles in! Then it hit me! I remembered your recipe and that I have cocoa already so I am about to make my own. With sprinkles! I wish I had some whip cream too, might need to run to the store now first!



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      Gabby wrote Mar 30, 2009
    • Cynthia—your concoction of hot chocolate was simply divine.
      Thanks for sharing this great idea.
      gabby



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      Faye43 wrote Sep 2, 2009
    • I love putting ice cream in my hot chocolate happy



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