How To Spice Up Your Chocolate

By Subodh / November 7, 2015

There will be hardly a few people in this world who would not love chocolates. They come in every form and flavor these days. Right from the simple and luscious milk chocolate to the ones packed with nuts and orange peel to caramel-filled, you get them in assorted flavors. But these are quite commonly seen ones, aren’t they? There are some interesting ways you could actually spice up your chocolate. Just try them out. They are pretty easy.

1. The Hot Chocolate With A Twist

The classical hot chocolate is a drink that keeps you warm while satiating those sweet tooth of yours. How about giving its classic note a twist by spicing it up? Wondering how? Check out the recipe below.

Spice Up Your Chocolate

Spicy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  1. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 2 tsp
  2. Sugar – 3 tsp, adjust to taste
  3. Milk – 1 cup, preferably whole milk [You could use soy milk or almond milk for a refreshing taste]
  4. Cayenne pepper – ½ tsp
  5. Cinnamon powder – ¼ tsp
  6. Boiling hot water – 2 tbsp

How To make

  1. In a mixer, pound cocoa powder with sugar to a fine powder.
  2. Transfer to a cup and mix it with hot water. Keep stirring until thoroughly dissolved
  3.  Heat milk until it starts foaming.
  4. Top it with milk.
  5. Swirl in cayenne pepper.
  6.  Sprinkle cinnamon powder and serve.

2. Spicy Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate fudge cannot get tastier than this. While the kick comes from ginger, cardamom renders a sense of pleasure that is mind –boggling. It is a perfect way to keep your sweet tooth craving under control while boosting up your metabolism rate. But keep a check as you are bound to get addicted.

Ginger and Cardamom Flavored Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients

  1. Semi-sweet chocolate morsels – 2 cups
  2. Condensed milk – 1 can
  3. Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
  4. Dry ginger powder – ¼ tsp
  5. Powdered green cardamom– ¼ tsp

How To make

  1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Mix chocolate chips with condensed milk in a heavy duty medium-sized saucepan. Place on low flame and keep stirring until the chocolate chips melt completely and the mixture turns smooth.
  3. Remove from heat and swirl in vanilla extract, dry ginger powder, and powdered cardamom.
  4. Spread into the prepared baking pan.
  5. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm.
  6. Take out the pan, cut into pieces, and store in an airtight container.

3. Cheesy Chocolate Treat

Cheese is a good source of protein. At the same time, Indian cottage cheese or paneer makes a good ingredient for spicing up your chocolate. Melted chocolate and paneer mashed and shaped into balls make them a wonderful treat to be served at the next party. You could even use them to lure your kids.

Chocolate Sandesh

  1. Indian cottage cheese or paneer – 500 grams
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1 tbsp
  3. Sugar – 8 tbsp
  4. Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

How To make

  1. Crumble the cottage cheese and add it to a mixer.
  2. Add cocoa powder and sugar and blitz to a smooth mixture.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a heavy-bottomed pan placed on low heat.
  4. Cook the mixture, stirring continuously, until it leaves the pan and is smooth and molten. It should take about 5 to 6 minutes for this. Ensure that the mixture does not lose its moisture completely.
  5.  Remove from heat and mix in vanilla essence.
  6. Transfer to a clean, flat surface and allow to turn warm.
  7.  Knead gently, yet thoroughly into a smooth dough.
  8. Make small balls from the mixture.
  9. Take one ball at a time and make a small depression in the center.
  10. Garnish with sliced almond or pista and serve.

4. Chocolaty Fries

This one is a superb Halloween treat for the kids. They would love the Fries that are drenched in a hot chocolate dip flavored with a subtle spice mix. You can even serve this as a novel appetizer at your party.

Ingredients

For The Fries

  1. Sweet potato – 6, medium sized, peeled, cut into thin sticks
  2. Butter – 1 cup, melted
  3. Oregano flakes – ½ tsp
  4. Thyme flakes – ½ tsp
  5. Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  6. Salt – 1 tsp or more to taste

For Chocolate Dip

  1. Semisweet chocolate chips – 2 ½ cups
  2. Butter – 3 tbsp
  3. Red chili flakes – ½ tsp
  4. Oregano flakes – ¼ tsp
  5. Thyme flakes – ¼ tsp

How To make

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Melt the butter and swirl in the spice mix. Stir, remove from heat, and keep aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, add the sweet potato sticks.
  4. Pour the butter mixture and toss to ensure even coating.
  5. Arrange on two baking sheets and bake, tossing intermittently, for 17 to 20 minutes or until the fries turn golden brown.
  6. Meanwhile, mix chocolate chips with butter in a medium-sized saucepan and heat on low flame. Keep stirring the mixture until the chocolate chips melt completely. Rmeove from heat and swirl in the spices.
  7. Remove the fries and transfer to a large mixing bowl and wait for 2 minutes.
  8. Pour the chocolate mixture over the fries.
  9. Toss well to ensure even coating.
  10. Serve immediately.

Try these delicious ways to spice up your chocolate and share your recipes if you have any.