And sometimes, only hot chocolate will do. But not just any hot chocolate…
Okay – have you guys seen the show, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” which airs on PBS? Dom and I are hooked! Phil was the creator/producer of Everybody Loves Raymond and when ELR wrapped, he created a new show where he visits his favorite foodie places around the world. His philosophy, ‘the world can be a beautiful, delicious and friendly place when we travel and eat great food together’, is a philosophy that I, and I know many of you, share. That philosophy is precisely why I became a food blogger – the food blogosphere is a beautiful, delicious and friendly place where we can travel from the comforts of home and reap the rewards of gorgeous stories and delicious recipes.
So, this show…from Italy to Paris, LA and beyond…we get to join Phil for laughs, food and countrysides.
The first episode that Dom and I got comfy for was Phil in Italy (no shock there). Please watch it. Please. I texted my kids and said it was required viewing. The show made me cry. Gelato made me cry. I cried. I did. You probably will too.
Next, we watched Paris. Actually, Dom fell asleep half way through which was good news for me because it meant just one thing…I get to watch it again. Yipppeee! Sorry, I digress…. Anyway, as soon as Phil landed in Paris he was on a mission, and that mission was – Angelina’s. I won’t tell you what happened – you’ll have to watch to find out!
Do you know what they’re famous for? You guessed it – hot chocolate.
If you’ve been following Ciao Chow Bambina, you may recall that our family had the beautiful fortune of traveling to Paris a few years ago and during that trip we found our way to Angelina’s.
So – long story short – Phil and our trip to Paris – inspired me to create the most decadent cup of hot chocolate that I could. That, to me, meant only one thing.
A secret ingredient so obvious, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to think of it. Ice cream in place of half-and-half or cream. I mean, I’ve added it to my coffee…why wouldn’t I add it to my hot chocolate?
Well, it begins today. Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras. Makes sense, right? I mean – isn’t this the day we get to go a little wild and crazy with our eats? Last year I had fun with extreme tater tots (of course).
This melted strawberry ice cream hot chocolate will be a welcomed addition to our special days… days like today, birthdays, Valentine’s Day – you get the picture…so decadent – like the creamiest most luxurious melted chocolate bar you’ve ever had. This recipe’s a keeper!
Oh, happy day!
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup strawberry ice cream (or any flavor to your liking)
- 1 tsp. strawberry extract
- Mini-marshmallows (optional)
- Fresh strawberries (optional)
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, sugar and salt.
- Whisk ingredients until sugar dissolves, 2 - 3 minutes.
- Whisk in the cocoa powder.
- Add the ice cream and strawberry extract and continue cooking over medium heat, whisking until smooth and hot, about 4 minutes.
- Ladle the hot chocolate into two mugs and garnish with marshmallows and a strawberry.