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Homemade Honey-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa with Pink Whipped Cream

This Homemade Honey-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa is perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream

If I’m honest, we’re not much of Valentine’s Day people in this house. Which is a bit funny because our first date was on Valentine’s Day…

Let’s rewind to the winter of 2011.

Reuben had just asked my dad if he could court me (homeschooler lingo for dating). Of course I said yes (I had been crushing on him since I was about 12 or 13), and Reuben asked me out on our very first date for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day 2011 (I was 21 years old)

Reuben sent me a beautiful bouquet. I wore one of the red roses in my hair. I’m not sure WHY I thought it was a good idea to wear all black…

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
Anyway.

Our first date was actually a double date with my sister and her husband. We went to one of the fanciest restaurants in town. Poor Reuben was so nervous he could barely eat his food. And the restaurant sneakily charged us double the price we thought we were going to pay.

All in all, our first date wasn’t the greatest.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
Call me an old fuddy duddy, but these days I’d much prefer something low-key in celebration of Valentine’s Day. A home-cooked meal is usually more satisfying to me than being disappointed with an over-priced, highly processed restaurant meal.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
If you’d like to make that special someone in your life happy this Valentine’s Day, consider this honey-sweetened hot cocoa from scratch. It’s ten times better than those instant packets, and it doesn’t take too much effort but is still impressive.

The key to making good hot cocoa from scratch is ensuring that the cocoa is stirred in properly. You see, unsweetened cocoa powder doesn’t want to mix with liquids very well. BUT, if you make a paste by adding a very small amount of milk at first, you can get it nice and smooth.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
If you’re skilled at latte art, you can make a little heart for your love and leave it at that.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
If you’d like to be a bit more dramatic, add a dollop of pink whipped cream.

I made this whipped cream pink by adding beet powder. It does have an earthy flavor from the beets, but I think it complements the cocoa nicely. If you really can’t stand beet flavor, you can always use ground-up freeze-dried strawberries or raspberries, or a natural food coloring.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream

I think the whipped cream turned out looking like a rose on top of the cocoa. That makes me happy.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream
I’m definitely going to enjoy this cocoa beyond V-Day.

Homemade Hot Cocoa + Pink Whipped Cream

NOTES: 

I like my cocoa DARK. As in: not very sweet. You can easily customize by adding more honey, using a different sweetener, or (if you’re brave) adding a dash of cinnamon or a sprinkle of cayenne.

Frothing the milk before adding it to the cocoa makes it even more special. There are many ways you can accomplish this without an espresso machine. In fact, I did a whole post about 8 Ways to Froth Milk for Pioneer Woman Food & Friends.

A little wand frother is SUPER handy for whipping small amounts of cream. THIS is the one I use – I haven’t been able to find one that isn’t made in China!

Honey-Sweetened Hot Cocoa with Pink Whipped Cream

An easy but decadent homemade hot chocolate sweetened with raw honey and topped with a dollop of naturally-colored pink whipped cream. Perfect to Valentine's Day!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Erica Lea

Ingredients

For the Cocoa:

  • - 1 tablespoon organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • - 1-2 teaspoons raw honey pure maple syrup, or organic cane sugar
  • - 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • - 1/2 cup organic/local/grass-fed whole milk
  • - 1/4 cup organic/local/grass-fed heavy cream

For the pink whipped cream:

  • - 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • - 1/4 teaspoon beet powder
  • - 1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • - 1/4 teaspoon organic cane sugar or sweetener of choice

Instructions

For the hot cocoa:

  1. Place the cocoa, honey, and vanilla in a 12-oz. mug and give it a little whisk.
  2. Warm the milk and cream to 150 degrees F (65 C). Pour a small amount of the milk/cream into the cocoa mix and whisk to make a smooth paste. Froth the remaining milk/cream with a French press. Add a bit more of the milk to the cocoa paste to make thin it out, then pour in the remaining frothed milk.

For the pink whipped cream:

  1. Place all of the whipped cream ingredients in a small cup. Using an electric wand frother, beat the cream until thick. Spoon over the hot cocoa and serve immediately.

 

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Recipe Rating




Siobhan

Friday 14th of February 2020

Everything you make looks so good. Love your blog; wishing you much success. ?

Livia Rachelle

Tuesday 28th of February 2017

Wow, I love the look of the pink with the chocolate!

Erica Kastner

Friday 29th of December 2017

Isn't it lovely? :)

Erica Lea

Monday 20th of February 2017

That sounds like a fun Valentine's Day supper! I think Helen would LOVE pink mashed potatoes. :D

Anonymous

Sunday 19th of February 2017

I'm with you Erica - we too keep it simple on Valentine's day. When our kids were small I would make heart-shaped meatloaf with a cross your heart made from bacon on top. We had pink mashed potatoes on the side. I wish I had thought of pink whipped cream for dessert. So pretty!

Erica Lea

Friday 17th of February 2017

Aw, thank you! Yes, the pink whipped cream makes me so happy. ?

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