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Burdick's Famous Hot Cocoa

Larry Burdick, owner of L.A. Burdick Chocolate café and shop in Walpole, NH
says: “Chocolate -- good chocolate -- is complex food that is good for you."

The bad rap chocolate gets in regard to obesity, tooth decay and skin problems
has more to do with the consumption of lower grade chocolate products that are
laden with sugar and cheap fats, Burdick says. “There’s actually very little
chocolate in a Hershey bar … it’s mostly sugar.”

Burdick’s famous hot chocolate recipe calls for both ground chocolate and cocoa
powder.  You can lower the fat content of the recipe by using skim or 1% milk.

Note there is no added sugar in this recipe: “The slight sweetness comes
naturally from high quality chocolate,” he says.  If the hot chocolate is too thick
for your taste, use more milk.

makes 1 ½ cups

1 ½ cups milk (1% or skim)
2 heaping teaspoons of cocoa powder
¼ cup ground dark chocolate (use high quality chocolate that has 60% or more
cocoa content)
ground nutmeg or cinnamon to taste

Heat milk to just below boiling.  Whisk in cocoa powder and ground chocolate,
and spices.
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