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At some point, you’ve likely seen a video, picture, article or something about red wine hot chocolate. It was viral for awhile. Let me just say, it deserves ALL.the.hype. Before making my own, I had never tried it and now I don’t know how I got along all this time without it! It’s everything you would expect from combining dessert, wine, and winter comfort plus more. Also, like most of what I share on this here blog, it’s simple to make. Five ingredients and about 20 minutes stand between you and your life being forever changed so let’s get into it! I’m not very into milk chocolate. The darker the better, in my opinion. For this reason, I used 60% cacao baking chocolate and 100% cacao powder to make my chocolate but feel free to use whatever suits your preference.
Since I used darker chocolate, I also used a fruity red blend for the wine. When going for a sweeter wine, I’m usually drawn to Messina Hof because they make great ones and the “Beau” blend did not disappoint. Messina Hof is a native Texan winery near College Station, Texas, which is where I went to grad school, so I’ve had my fair share of samples. 🙂 It’s widely available throughout the state as well.
The result of these components, some heavy cream, and a little sugar = WOW. At first sip, I thought “This is too good!” I looked around suspiciously like I was clasping an earth-shattering secret in my little mug. I could not believe how perfectly it turned out the first time I made it so…I made it again. And it’s good, y’all. Really good. The consistency is rich, creamy, and so decadent. The flavor is chocolatey, fruity, and not overly sweet. This recipe makes about two a half normal-sized mugs or two heaping mugs full. I think it’s perfect for just about anybody. You can tailor the flavor profile by using the type of chocolate and wine of your choice. Tip: If you use a more sugary milk chocolate, try a drier red wine with it. This will help maintain balance. I’m super busy lately not only with work, blogging, and the holiday season but am also getting more involved in my church and reaching the end of my home buying journey, so it was nice to enjoy a little moment of indulgence with a mug (or two) of this drink. I hope you also get to enjoy some this winter. Also, I’d appreciate any prayers and positive thoughts for a smooth closing process!
Have you tried red wine hot chocolate before? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading!