This healthy recipe for hot white chocolate is an easy-to-make, tasty and delicious alternative to caffeinated versions on a chilly evening.
A cup of hot white chocolate is the perfect beverage for those avoiding caffeine or who are otherwise sensitive to regular chocolate.
Containing no cocoa solids, white chocolate is naturally caffeine-free free unlike more commonly enjoyed versions made with milk or dark chocolate.
The only part of the cocoa bean used in the making of white chocolate is cocoa butter.
This pale yellow fat is also called theobroma oil. Despite the absence of caffeine, cocoa butter retains a natural cocoa flavor and aroma!
Healthy Cocoa Butter!
Cocoa butter is an incredibly stable and decidedly healthy fat.
It contains only 5% or less of rancidity-prone (and backside bulging) polyunsaturated seed oils.
Coupled with powerful, natural antioxidants, cocoa butter is highly resistant to rancidity with a storage life of between two and five years at room temperature.
With such a rich antioxidant profile and high resistance to breakdown, it’s hard to believe that in the early days of cocoa manufacturing in Europe before chocolate was popularized, cocoa butter was considered a waste product.
Today we know that cocoa butter is arguably the healthiest and most useful part of the cocoa bean.
Avoid Commercial Mixes
I couldn’t find a single decent white hot chocolate mix when I went looking for one.
In fact, the brands I examined didn’t contain any cocoa butter at all! It was usually replaced with cheap vegetable oil.
One “gourmet” brand did contain coconut oil but it also had toxic “natural flavors” and GMO sugar.
The bottom line is that if you want a quality cup of hot white chocolate, you need to make your own!
Sourcing Quality White Chocolate
Beware of white chocolate impostors when sourcing the ingredients for this recipe. You will need to read labels carefully, as some white chocolate wanna-bees contain no cocoa butter at all in favor of cheap and likely rancid substitutes.
If you’ve been avoiding hot chocolate in the past due to caffeine concerns, why not try a cup of white hot chocolate?
White Hot Chocolate Recipe
This white hot chocolate recipe is the perfect beverage for those who love traditional hot chocolate but wish to avoid the caffeine hit.
Warm the whole milk in a small saucepan. If the milk is raw, be sure not to heat over 117 °F/ 47°C to preserve all the enzymes and probiotics. When the milk is warm but not hot, set aside.
*The reason you must warm the milk first is because using cold milk right out of the refrigerator will resolidify the melted white chocolate when you initially mix them together.
Place white chocolate and 2 tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and turn the heat to medium. As the mixture begins to warm, stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve the white chocolate into the water. If you find that you need a bit more liquid, add one to two more tablespoons of water.
When the white chocolate is fully dissolved into the water with no lumps, begin ladling in the warm milk. Stir the white hot chocolate with each ladle to fully mix.
When all the milk has been ladled into the white hot chocolate saucepan, warm the mixture on the stove until it reaches the desired temperature. For raw milk, I suggest keeping the temperature 117 °F/ 47°C or less to ensure that all the precious enzymes an probiotics are preserved. I check mine with a candy thermometer (I use this one).
Pour the white hot chocolate from the saucepan directly into two mugs and serve immediately.
It is best to make only what you will use right away, as any leftovers will lose the smooth, creamy texture as the white chocolate resolidifies in the refrigerator.
Substitute whole coconut milk for the dairy milk if desired.
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