Drinks

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

Strawberry hot chocolate is perfect for a cold day. You can also serve it cold for a decadent treat on a hot day or add a little Grand Marnier or Limoncello for a fun adult treat. I’m having Green’s homestyle Rugelach and Babka with mine!

A clear glass filled with strawberry hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce. There is a single fresh strawberry garnishing the glass on the right.

I’m still using up older strawberries. The joys of Costco. Larger sizes and just me at home sometimes means I need to freeze my fruit or use it in baked goods. I used some of my strawberries in the strawberry marshmallow mousse tarts but I still have quite a few left.

Strawberry sauce is great to have in your fridge. You can top so many things with it – pancakes, waffles, ice-cream, pound cake. The list goes on. It’s so easy and quick to make too. Just 5 minutes.

A glass of strawberry hot chocolate is in the front left of the photo. The hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce. There is a fresh strawberry on the right of the glass. In the upper right corner of the photo, golden chocolate rugelach are arranged on a red cake stand.

It’s a glorious day here in Austin, Texas – around 80° F and sunny. This morning, my daughter called me from Purdue (Indiana) where it’s snowing heavily. Strawberry hot chocolate is perfect for both of us because it’s great hot or cold.

 

Green’s Bakery asked me to try their babka and rugelach. I’m never one to turn down chocolate baked goods. These are amazing! All the buttery, chocolaty goodness I put in my own baked goods delivered straight to my door. Now if the UPS man was just a bit cuter (and single), my Valentine’s Day would be made!

A glass of strawberry hot chocolate is in the front center of the photo. The hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup and strawberry syrup. There is a frshe strawberry on the right side of the glass.  Behind the glass to the right is a red cake stand with golden chocolate rugelach. Behind the glass on the left is a load of chocolate babka.

Did I mention their prices? They’re quite reasonable. Babka is a bit labor intensive (It’s a yeast bread) so if you want to make your own, you’ll need to set aside an afternoon to let it rise (3.5 hours). So $8.50 for a loaf is not a bad price especially for babka as rich and chocolaty as this one.

A loaf of chocolate babka with the end sliced off. The bread is intricately swirled with thin layers of chocolate and yeast bread.

They also have drool-worthy cookies and cakes. If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s gift, order one of their gift baskets. Your Valentine will be in heaven.

Yield: 6 cups

Strawberry Hot Chocolate

A clear glass filled with strawberry hot chocolate. The hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and strawberry sauce. There is a single fresh strawberry garnishing the glass on the right.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

Strawberry sauce

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries (can be fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Strawberry Hot Chocolate (per cup)

Instructions

Strawberry Sauce

  1. Put strawberries, sugar and cornstarch in a medium sized saucepan and cook on medium high.
  2. As the strawberries soften, mash them with a spoon or potato masher.
  3. Cook about 5 minutes until thickened.
  4. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Hot Chocolate

  1. Put chocolate chips and milk in a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup (or other microwavable container) and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir to combine chocolate and milk.
  2. Add strawberry sauce and heat on high for another minute.
  3. If desired use a hand blender to blend into a smoother emulsion.
  4. If desired add the liquor for an adult version.
  5. Pour into serving cup and garnish with whipped cream, more strawberry sauce and chocolate sauce.

 

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