Warm Up with a Mug of Chestnut Hot Chocolate

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As the temperature outside dips below freezing, there is nothing I love more than a steaming mug of hot chocolate.

Make a mug of homemade chestnut hot chocolate for the holidays. We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/drinks-2/everything-else/chestnut-hot-chocolate/

No, not those little packets of powder and tiny, dehydrated marshmallows. I mean the rich, thick, not-too-sweet kind that can only be achieved with real chocolate.

Indulge in the creamiest, richest of hot chocolates this holiday season. This recipe uses roasted chestnuts and a touch of cinnamon to take the decadence over the edge. Embrace your inner child with a topping of marshmallows, or make it an adult treat with a splash of bourbon or rum. Read more now!

But what can really take your delicious, steaming mug over the edge and transform it into the most decadent dessert beverage is the addition of roasted chestnuts.

Nothing beats the taste of homemade hot chocolate with roasted chestnuts at the holidays! We share the recipe: https://foodal.com/drinks-2/everything-else/chestnut-hot-chocolate/

While I don’t quite roast my own over an open fire (though that would add another spectacular layer of flavor), this rich treat is perfect for those times when Jack Frost comes a’nipping at your nose.If you haven’t cooked with chestnuts before, they’re often available at grocery stores and local markets during the winter holidays. And they can also be purchased online. We prefer whole chestnuts that have already been peeled and roasted like these from Gefen, available on Amazon.

Gefen Whole Peeled Roasted Chestnuts, 5.2 oz. (Pack of 3)

Though this recipe requires a few steps more than the unquestionably inferior powder and hot water method, I promise it is well worth the time.

If you like your hot chocolate a little less sweet, halve the amount of honey called for in the recipe.

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The Recipe

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Indulge in the creamiest, richest hot chocolate. Our recipe uses roasted chestnuts and a touch of cinnamon to take that decadence over the edge.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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Indulge in the creamiest, richest hot chocolate. Our recipe uses roasted chestnuts and a touch of cinnamon to take that decadence over the edge.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 5 oz pre-cooked chestnuts (about 1/2 cup)
  • 12 oz milk, (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 oz dark chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Mini marshmallows (optional)
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Instructions
  1. Finely chop the chestnuts and place in a saucepan. Add the milk.
  2. Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the pulp.
  3. Add the vanilla pulp, orange zest, and cinnamon to the saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Finely chop the chocolate and add to the saucepan, stirring until it is completely melted. Add the honey and stir to combine.
  5. Blend the mixture in a food processor or blender until completely smooth, and divide between two mugs. Top with marshmallows if you like, and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Nina-Kristin Isensee.

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Chestnut Hot Chocolate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 275 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Potassium 683mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 20g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 33%
Calcium 23%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step One – Chop Chestnuts

Start by chopping the chestnuts into small pieces.

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When you purchase them already roasted, they are very easy to cut. Just smash a small handful under the side of your knife, then run the blade through a few times to break them up.

Pour into a saucepan with the milk.

Step Two – Steep

To capture the all of that wonderful flavor from your vanilla bean, slit it down the middle lengthwise and scrape out the pulp inside. Add this to your milk along with the orange zest and cinnamon and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let the milk and flavorings simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Don’t waste the rest of the vanilla pod! There are so many great ways you can put it to good use. Store it in a container of sugar to infuse it with vanilla flavor, or steep it in equal parts boiling water and sugar to make vanilla syrup.

Step Three – Melt Chocolate

Add the chocolate pieces and honey to the hot milk, and stir to melt and combine completely. This drink will be quite rich, so don’t feel the need to make it too sweet. Just a touch of honey is plenty.

Step Four – Blend

Using an immersion blender, high-speed blender, or food processor, puree the drink until completely smooth. The blended chestnuts will add a creamy richness.

Sip and Enjoy

Divide between two mugs (or keep it all for yourself to enjoy, if you’re feeling particularly decadent).

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For an extra bit of fun, top with homemade marshmallows, or peppermint-flavored marshmallows for the best winter treat.

Or for a more adult treat, add a shot of white rum or bourbon…

Of course, if you’re like me and you aim to embrace both your inner child and outer adult sides, you can indulge in the marshmallows and the booze.

Chestnut Hot Chocolate for the Holidays | Foodal.com

What’s your favorite way to serve hot chocolate? Let us know in the comments below!

Photos by Kendall Vanderslice, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details.

*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Kendall Vanderslice

Kendall’s love of food has taken her around the world. From baking muffins on a ship in West Africa and milking cows with Tanzanian Maasai, to hunting down the finest apfelstrudel in Austria, she continually seeks to understand the global impact of food. Kendall holds a BA in Anthropology from Wheaton College and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University, and has worked in the pastry departments of many of Boston’s top kitchens. Based in Somerville, Massachusetts, Kendall helps to run a small community supported bread bakery and writes about the intersection of food, faith, and culture on her personal blog, A Vanderslice of the Sweet Life.

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