December 19, 2014

Hot Chocolate with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup


I call this 'Break Room Hot Chocolate'. Have you ever been at work craving something but it's unavailable? It's right after lunch, you're filled with re-heated leftovers but you just need a little something more to coast you through the day. Well today, that thing for me was hot chocolate.

If you've ever scoured your office's break room, you may notice there are lots of resources for creativity. Left over ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar, and creamer packets are perfect mediums for food creativity.  It's even better if your office has coffee supplies available, which is how I came up with this concoction. Now if you're able to run out to the store, by all means do so, I don't intend this to be a substitution but an alternative, if you will. Especially for those of us who either can't leave the building or would rather not risk losing their parking space for a temporary fix (although sometimes it's worth it).

An important thing to know about food creativity: There are no 'real' instructions. In a cookbook there are specific instructions on how much to put in a dish because this stuff has been tested and tweaked numerous times in order to create the best tasting dish according to other people. When you use a cookbook/recipe you don't truly know if you'll like it, our palates differ. With food creativity, you're the taste tester so feel free to tweak it as neccessary. I came up with this recipe purely by experimentation and it does need some adjustments, but I'll make them as I go along.

Break Room Hot Chocolate:
*Note: I used a 16 oz. cup. If you have powdered milk, that would be better than creamer!

2 and 1/2 tablespoons of Chocolate Syrup (I used Hershey's)
1-2 tablespoon of coffee creamer (about 5-9 packets if you're using little packets)
1 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Hot Water (Not from the tap, boiling hot from a tea kettle, coffee pot, or water dispenser with a 'hot' option)

Pour the syrup, creamer, salt and sugar into your cup. Mix it around a little before adding the hot water. Add the hot water and stir until well mixed. If it is too 'watery tasting', add more creamer not syrup! The creamer will thicken it, while the syrup will not (learned that the hard way).

Also, if you have access to heat up some milk, use it! The creamer and water are substitutions because most break rooms aren't full kitchens and/or milk is not readily available. If you are able to use hot milk, eliminate the creamer and water. Or maybe you're at home and want to try this recipe!

That's it! I hope you guys enjoy being creative with your food! :)

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