#8 CAPITOL HOT CHOCOLATE
The moment I slide into my chair I’m served an enormous platter of food. Eggs, ham, piles of fried potatoes. A tureen of fruit sits in ice to keep it chilled. The basket of rolls they set before me would keep my family going for a week. There’s an elegant glass of orange juice. At least, I think it’s orange juice. I’ve only even tasted an orange once, at New Year’s when my father bought one as a special treat. A cup of coffee. My mother adores coffee, which we could almost never afford, but it only tastes bitter and thin to me. A rich brown cup of something I’ve never seen.
“They call it hot chocolate,” says Peeta. "It’s good.“
I take a sip of the hot, sweet, creamy liquid and a shudder runs through me. Even though the rest of the meal beckons, I ignore it until I’ve drained my cup. Peeta is still eating, breaking off bits of roll and dipping them in hot chocolate.
When Katniss first heads to the Capitol on the train, she tastes hot chocolate for the first time and is swept away. Girl knows what’s good.
Hot chocolate comes back up later in the book, and Katniss mimics what she saw Peeta doing, which is ripping off bits of roll and dipping it. Such a simple gesture, like a natural reaction. My Everlarked heart be like
Prompts in Panem is coming this week, and we all know that hot chocolate is best paired with a blanket and a dose of wonderful Everlark stories contributed by the amazing writers of this fandom. Patterned pajamas are totally optional, but completely encouraged.
I’m having none of that watered down cocoa powder shit. Please be kind to your taste buds. Get some good-quality chocolate and make the real deal.
English is not my first language so bear with me.
To make super rich & creamy Capitol Hot Chocolate you gonna need:
- 250ml of milk
- 5 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream (30%)
- 2-3 tablespoons of sugar
- 50g of good quality dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa content)
- 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 1/3 teaspoon of chili powder
Cinnamon and chili are optional, but both go with hot chocolate really well. Especially chili. You can add vanilla essence instead. Whatever you like.
Non suitable for children version anyone? Because while hot chocolate is nice, red wine is even nicer. You can also add Baileys, rum (I’m looking at you @thegirlfromoverthepond), tequila or just basically any kind of flavored liquor. This stuff is rich and decadent as heck. You have been warned. Two words: couch coma.
#1 Heat milk, heavy cream, sugar, chili and cinnamon in a heavy-bottom saucepan on medium heat. Stir constantly. Bring it to just below boiling point.
#2 Add chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate melts. Let it boil a little.
#3 Cook on low heat stirring constantly until chocolate is smooth and creamy. Like this:
#4 Immediately pour into a mug and serve.
If you make everything right, you get this beautiful sight:
I topped mine with milky dragees and caramel crumble. So beautiful. Somebody call Vogue.
Happy Prompts in Panem weekend! Enjoy!