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Course: Drinks
Keyword: Chocolate, Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate, Drinks, Fall, Non-Alcoholic

Cocoa Nib Hot Chocolate

ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 (6-ounce) servings
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  • 1 ounce cocoa nibs
  • 16 fluid ounces whole milk
  • 6 ounces 65% to 70% bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3 ounces sugar
  • 2 fluid ounces water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Specialized Hardware

Coffee/spice grinder
French press
ACTIVE TIME: 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 50 minutes
Yield: 4 (6-ounce) servings


  • Pulse the cocoa nibs in a spice grinder 3 to 4 times until the nibs are coarsely chopped. Place the nibs in a 1-quart microwave-safe measuring cup and add the milk. Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes or until the milk reaches 160ºF. Steep at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine the chocolate, sugar, water, and salt in the carafe of a 1-liter French press. Set aside.
  • After steeping, return the nib-milk mixture to the microwave and heat on high for 2 minutes until it simmers or reaches 185ºF. Strain the hot nib-milk mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the French press carafe. Set aside for 1 minute, and then stir to combine the chocolate and milk. Pump the plunger of the French press 10 to 15 times to froth and aerate. Serve immediately.
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