Hot Chocolate Drink

My eldest sister celebrated her birthday last week, and for her cake, I baked her everyone’s favorite cake: chocolate cake (of course!). It’s a very decadent cake with chocolate pudding as the filling, poured with dark chocolate ganache. This probably rarely happens to everyone, but I did have some leftover ganache and didn’t quite know what to do with it. I thought of making truffles, but my family is not so much into truffles, I’m afraid. Throwing them would be a crime, so it’s definitely out of question. My mom, who just got home from work, saw the still-warmed ganache, and thought I had made her a hot chocolate. Sadly, no. But that gave me a wonderful idea of what to do with it.

Take 3-5 tablespoonfuls of the ganache and 1 tbsp of chocolate fudge sauce (optional) into a mug.

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Fill the cup with hot water.

Stir until well-combined. If you think it needs more chocolate-y goodness or sweetness, just simply add more ganache and/or fudge sauce.

It’s already good as it is right now, but if you want to even make it better, the steps below will elevate it a little bit.

In another cup or small bowl, heat in the microwave probably quarter cup of milk for about 20-30 seconds. Whisk the milk until frothy, or you can just simply use an electric frother. Or, you can also whip about 1/4 cup of heavy cream (does not need to be stiff).

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Dollop the frothed milk or whipped cream on top of the hot chocolate. And for presentation purposes, top it with some cocoa powder mixed with cinnamon powder.

This hot chocolate drink is definitely way better than the packets you would buy from the grocery stores! Pure chocolate goodness and not too sweet either. Not to mention, very easy to do. I kept the leftover ganache in the fridge, and whenever the hot chocolate craving kicks in, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.

So, leftover dark chocolate ganache? Turn them into a hot chocolate drink and you’ll be wishing you had more ganache left 😉.

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