Cocoa at the trade show.*


Photography by Matt Hocking.

Photography by Matt Hocking.

*I’m feeling pretty clever right about now. Seriously. Read the title of this post out loud. It rhymes. The Killers should write a song about this.

I was also feeling pretty clever one night last week.

I had just finished setting up a trade show booth for Footprints Edibles, a line of herb, vegetable and fruiting plants that are grown naturally and packaged sustainably. I’m partnering with them to create recipes and videos, and provide social media outreach and live appearances, to get folks excited about bringing fresh, delicious, homegrown ingredients into their kitchen and having some fun.

Leaving the show I grabbed two pots of Mojito mint and brought them home to my #testkitchenTuesday team. After a fierce debate on how fresh summer herbs fit into mid-winter cooking, we developed a mint-infused hot chocolate. The mild spearmint flavor of Mojito mint was perfect, allowing rich chocolate flavor to take center stage. Only five minutes of steeping several sprigs in warm milk gave us just the right amount of mint flavor. Good news, because who wants to wait half an hour for a cup of cocoa?

Vanilla was the perfect finish, bringing out the coolness in mint, while cinnamon covered it up, so we left it out. In case you are wondering, yes, inspired by the name Mojito, we did try a steaming mug with a little splash of rum. It was delicious!

Whether après ski or binge watching House of Cards on the couch, enjoy!

Minted Hot Chocolate

Mojito mint is a lightly flavored spearmint, letting the chocolate flavor take center stage. If you can’t find it, use regular spearmint and check the flavor as it steeps. Make this an adult treat with a generous splash of rum.

Makes 4-5 servings

Photography by Matt Hocking.

Photography by Matt Hocking.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5-6 sprigs Mojito mint
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Whipped cream
Photography by Matt Hocking.

Photography by Matt Hocking.

Directions:

  • Warm milk and sugar together in a 2 quart sauce pan placed over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar.
  • When bubbles appear around the edge of the pot, remove milk from heat and add mint. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove mint sprigs.
  • In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and salt. Add 1/4 cup of the mint infused milk, and whisk until smooth, eliminating lumps.
  • Add cocoa mixture to remaining milk in saucepan along with vanilla. Whisk to combine.Warm to desired temperature and serve with freshly whipped cream.

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