Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dark Hot Chocolate

Chocolate, the flavor of romance! The most sensual of all sweet treats in my opinion. When someone's in love, his or her brain produces a chemical called phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA acts a lot like amphetamines in the brain, triggering a release of the hormones norepinephrine and dopamine to create feelings of euphoria. Chocolate contains PEA, in turn increasing the feeling of love and happiness in your brain. 

Romantic Tip:  Instead of a heavy dessert, serve hot cocoa after a romantic dinner. 

Dark Hot Chocolate

adapted from Martha Stewart

1 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped 
2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
cocoa powder for garnish

Warm milk and cream in a medium saucepan over a medium-low heat. 
Add chocolate. Whisk until melted and combined. Add sugar, and whisk until dissolved. Continue to warm mixture until thick, about 5 minutes. 
Sprinkle the top with cocoa powder.
Dip in your biscotti and eat!


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