Wild Chai Hot Cacao for Two
As the days grow colder and the nights longer, there’s nothing quite like a warm cup of hot cocoa to embrace the cozy vibes of the season. But we’re not talking about any ordinary cocoa; we’re talking about a delightful concoction featuring our very own Appalachian Wild Chai Chocolate, oat milk, a pinch of sea salt, and your favorite natural sweetener. Whether you’re sharing it with a loved one or treating yourself to a moment of indulgence, this recipe is sure to make your winter evenings even more special.
Wild Chai Hot Cacao Ingredients:
- 1/2 – 1 Mandala Chocolate’s Appalachian Wild Chai
- 2 cups of oat milk (or your preferred plant-based milk)
- A pinch of sea salt
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Your favorite natural sweetener (we love honey, but maple syrup, agave, or stevia are great options too)
Health Benefits of Wild Chai Hot Cacao:
Appalachian Wild Chai: Our unique blend of chai spices includes ingredients like fennel, orange oil, and cinnamon, each offering its own array of health benefits.
Fennel: Known for aiding digestion and soothing the stomach, fennel adds a gentle touch to this hot cocoa, making it easier to enjoy without any discomfort.
Orange Oil: Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants, orange oil not only enhances the flavor but also supports your immune system and overall well-being.
Cinnamon: This warming spice is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help regulate blood sugar levels, making your hot cocoa both delicious and health-conscious.
1. Prepare the Chai Chocolate:
Start by breaking or chopping the Appalachian Wild Chai Chocolate squares into smaller pieces. This will help them melt more easily into your hot cocoa.
2. Heat the Oat Milk:
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, warm the oat milk until it’s hot but not boiling. Stir occasionally to prevent it from scalding.
3. Add the Chai Chocolate:
Once the oat milk is hot, add the broken Chai Chocolate pieces to the saucepan. Stir gently as the chocolate melts into the milk, infusing it with the warm and comforting flavors of chai.
4. Sweeten to Taste:
Next, sweeten your hot cocoa to your desired level of sweetness. Drizzle in your chosen natural sweetener (we recommend starting with a tablespoon and adjusting to taste) and stir until it’s fully incorporated. The honey will add a delightful depth of flavor that pairs beautifully with the chai spices.
5. A Pinch of Sea Salt:
Don’t forget that tiny pinch of sea salt—it’s the secret ingredient that enhances the richness of the chocolate and balances the sweetness. Just a small pinch will do the trick.
6. Serve and Sip:
Once everything is well combined, remove the hot cocoa from the heat. Pour it into your favorite mugs, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can top it with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or even a Chai Chocolate shaving for an added touch of indulgence.
7. Cozy Up and Enjoy:
Now, it’s time to cozy up with your loved one or your favorite book and savor each sip of this aromatic and creamy Appalachian Wild Chai Hot Cocoa. Let the flavors of chai, fennel, orange oil, and cinnamon, along with the velvety smoothness of our chocolate, envelop you in warmth and comfort.
This season, make every moment sweeter with a homemade cup of Appalachian Wild Chai Hot Cacao. With the perfect blend of spices, the richness of Mandala Chocolate, and the touch of natural sweetness, you’ll find yourself reaching for this comforting treat time and time again. So, gather your ingredients, prepare a cozy nook, and embark on a journey of pure indulgence with every delightful sip.