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Milk Chocolate Coffee

Tips: This is a pleasant hot drink with the well-matched flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. It’s less intense than many mocha drinks and is best-suited to those who are fans of milder flavors and milder chocolate. It’s not difficult to make, but the milk chocolate you use must be of excellent quality and very finely chopped. You can add a little vanilla or liqueur to this just before serving, but keep it subtle; start with 1 teaspoon of your choice (per serving) and increase amounts to taste. I make this entirely in the microwave.

If you have any of this left over, cool briefly, then chill, covering tightly when cold. Store in the fridge for up to three days (a thick, harder layer will form on top; that’s OK). To reheat, place in microwaveable container. Heat at 50% (medium) power in microwave for short intervals, whisking well after each, until top layer melts and the drink is is homogeneous and hot.

Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3-1/2 ounces best-quality milk chocolate, very finely chopped
  • Few grains of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee

  • Optional garnishes
  • Lightly sweetened whipped cream
  • Shaved or grated milk chocolate

Method:

In small microwaveable bowl, combine finely chopped milk chocolate and salt. Microwave at 50% (medium) power for thirty second intervals, stirring well after each, just until chocolate is almost melted, then stir until completely melted and smooth. On high power, heat heavy cream until it is very hot. All at once, add hot cream to melted chocolate. Stir or whisk briskly until smooth (if you absolutely cannot get this mixture smooth, process at high speed in a food processor fitted with steel blade just until smooth—but I’ve never yet had to take this extra step).

In two-cup liquid measure, heat water on high power until very hot. Add instant coffee to hot water and stir in well. Gradually add about half of hot coffee to milk chocolate mixture, stirring or whisking well after each addition. Add this mixture back to the remaining hot coffee in the two cup liquid measure.

If necessary, heat beverage in two cup liquid measure at 50% (medium) power until steaming hot. Divide between two mugs (8 ounces each). If desired, garnish as suggested above. Serve immediately.

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