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Black Forest Hot Chocolate

Black Forest Hot Chocolate

Celebrate the season with grown-up hot chocolate.


Hot Chocolate

  • 2 cups milk of your choice (full fat, 2%, dairy free)
  • 5 ounces dark bittersweet chocolate, chopped, or 1 cup
  • Good quality bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 - 1/2 (to taste) maraschino cherry liquid
  • 1/3 cup coffee liqueur


  • Whipped cream (or dairy free whipped "cream")
  • 1 teaspoon Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 maraschino cherries with stems patted dry

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  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan over medium-high heat and bring just to a simmer.
  2. Take off the heat and stir in the chocolate, vanilla, and Maraschino cherry liquid until the chocolate is fully melted.
  3. Let the mixture sit off the heat for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Reheat the mixture over low heat until it comes to a simmer, stir in the coffee liqueur and serve with a dollop of whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa powder and a Maraschino cherry.

Serves: 4 | Cook: 10 min

By Carol Kicinski at Simply Gluten-Free

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): National Cherry Growers