If you love Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, you’ll enjoy this thick and creamy Sinful Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate full of melted dark chocolate.
This Sinful Boozy Orange Hot Chocolate is not for the faint of heart. Or for the worriers of waistlines.
BECAUSE IT’S FULL OF CHOCOLATE AND CREAM, THAT’S WHY. (I feel very Julia Child saying that. I think she would approve of the ingredients. Though maybe she’d add butter too.)
Our little group of cocktail fanatics, the #FBCConnectingOverCocktails crew, loved doing our collaboration in the summer and wanted to do a new, winter-themed post. (Editor’s Note: See all their delicious drinks listed at the bottom of this post before the recipe!) Being a lover of alcohol and keen to make a dessert-themed cocktail, I agreed.
And so this orange hot chocolate was born.
If you were like me growing up, you thought that the only hot chocolate in existence came from tiny brown and white envelopes stuffed full of powdery, weak-tasting dust with tiny plastic-like marshmallows inside. And of course, you used water to mix it all together. Being an adult, I see now how sad that was. But I also applaud my parents for not wasting the good stuff on me as a child. Kids don’t appreciate dark chocolate and orange drinks. They just don’t.
Having grown up, I see the error of my youthful ways and now make hot chocolate like a fully fledged adult. Which in this case means ALL OF THE DAIRY and ALL OF THE MELTED CHOCOLATE.
Word of warning: if you don’t like rich drinks, stop reading now. Go buy an envelope of dust. You will not like this drink. This hot chocolate is like drinking pure, melted chocolate, with a bit of orange and milk thrown in. It’s the traditional and best way to drink it: chocolate, that is hot.
To really make it a treat, top with whipped cream from an aerosol can (because that stuff is fun), sprinkle some cocoa powder on top and garnish with orange peel. But really, no matter how you drink it, you are going to enjoy it—after all, any drink modelled after the ambrosia that is a Terry’s Chocolate Orange is going to taste good.
Get yo’ chocolate on.
Before you go, check out all the cocktails created by our #FBCConnectingOverCocktails team!
Dana (Killing Thyme Eat-Zine) – Caramel Apple Sangria
Justine (Justine Celina) – Vanilla Pomegranate Mulled Wine
Sean (Diversivore) – Night Heron
Jared (The Hesitant Chef) – Rum Nog Sour
Taylor (The Girl on Bloor) — Champagne Pomegranate Spritzers
Jen (Mud on her Boots) — Winter Spice Maple Infused Hot Toddy
Kristy (She Eats) — Maple Whisky Sour
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Total Cost = $4.62 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- Zest (orange part) of one medium-large orange
- 1 and ¾ cup milk (I used 1%)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
- 1 tsp. pure orange extract
- 2 oz. (or more) chocolate liquor (such as Laura Secord brand)
- Toppings (optional): whipped cream, cocoa powder, orange peel.
- With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange zest of an orange, avoiding the white peel. In a medium saucepan, add the zest, milk, heavy cream, and orange juice from the orange you zested. Set over low-medium heat and let come to a very light simmer, stirring every few minutes.
- Once it begins to bubble lightly, reduce heat to low and add chopped dark chocolate, whisking gently until the chocolate is completely melted and incorporated into the mixture. Continue whisking and heat for another 1-2 minutes; remove from heat.
- Add orange extract and chocolate liquor, stirring well. Pour into mugs and add toppings if desired.
Crumb Kitchen original recipe.
Zest (orange part) of one medium-large orange = $0.30
1 and 3/4 cup milk (I used 1%) = $0.96
1/4 cup heavy cream = $0.25
2 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice = From previously mentioned orange
1 cup chopped dark chocolate = $2.00
1 tsp. pure orange extract = $0.21
2 oz. (or more) chocolate liquor (such as Laura Secord brand) = $0.90
Why it’s Cheap
Relying heavily on one single orange for flavour, you don’t have to use as much of the relatively pricey (and sometimes difficult to find) orange extract. Swapping in any type of milk you have on hand and forgoing the cream can lower the price too.
Make it More Budget-Friendly
You can use any type of milk for the recipe if you have only a certain type on hand. If you’re using 2% or full-fat milk, you can skip using the cream and just sub more milk in. If you only have semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips/chunks on hand, feel free to use those but the flavours will be slightly different and more sweet.
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