TIP OF THE DAY: Deluxe Hot Chocolate

It’s a perfect weekend to snuggle up with homemade hot chocolate. Photo courtesy Recchiuti Confections. We love those luxury, super-rich hot chocolates that can cost up to $25 a box—and we gave some of them as holiday gifts. Here’s the scoop: Some of these top-tier products are simply chopped up bits of fine chocolate. You…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Crushed Peppermint Magic

It’s easy to add a touch of everything sweet in your holiday kitchen. Crush a package of red spiral peppermints between sheets of waxed paper with a rolling pin. (You can also crush candy canes.) Keep them in an airtight jar. Then, use them to apply a bit of holiday flavor to ice cream, the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cocoa Cup Rimmers

Celebrate today with a hot cup of cocoa. Photo by Patterson Minx | IST. December 12th is National Cocoa Day. Take your presentation to the next level with cocoa rimmers, which add an extra touch of flavor and a festive look to the cup. You can buy rimmers just for cocoa, but cocktail rimmers for…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Chai Hot Chocolate

If you like chai and hot chocolate, try this “fusion” recipe from San Francisco chocolatier Michael Recchiuti: 1. Grate 2 ounces of a quality chocolate bar in the 40% to 50% cacao range. 2. Brew 3 ounces of chai tea for 5 minutes in a cup of boiling water. Strain into a quart vessel, pressing…
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