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Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipeA Special Hot Chocolate For Valentine’s Day:
Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa, our Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa is blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Our spiked version, Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa, is blended with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. Recipe includes options for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream as well as a dairy free option. The perfect hot cocoa treat for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, my friends!

Today we are headed into a deep freeze here in Indianapolis. Temperatures are dropping rapidly into the single digits following a warming trend. It’s going to be a very cold winter night—perfect for sharing a cup of chocolaty hot cocoa with The Big Lug.

It is rather fitting that I am sharing this special hot cocoa recipe with you today during Valentine’s Day weekend—especially if you are experiencing chilly weather, too. You and your loved ones will adore this hot cocoa as a special Valentine’s Day treat!

As I mentioned in my last post, for Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake Crumble Bars, I always think of chocolates, cherries and cheesecake around Valentine’s Day. Well, our recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa just happens to incorporate all of these flavors—right down to the option for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipe

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I really can’t stay – Baby it’s cold outside
I’ve got to go away – Baby it’s cold outside
This evening has been – Been hoping that you’d drop in
So very nice – I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice
My mother will start to worry – Beautiful, what’s your hurry
My father will be pacing the floor – Listen to the fireplace roar
So really I’d better scurry – Beautiful, please don’t hurry
Well maybe just a half a drink more – Put some music on while I pour

The neighbors might think – Baby, it’s bad out there
Say, what’s in this drink – No cabs to be had out there
I wish I knew how – Your eyes are like starlight now
To break this spell – I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell
I ought to say no, no, no, sir – Mind if I move a little closer
At least I’m gonna say that I tried – What’s the sense in hurting my pride
I really can’t stay – Baby don’t hold out
Ahh, but it’s cold outside

C’mon baby

I simply must go – Baby, it’s cold outside
The answer is no – Ooh baby, it’s cold outside
This welcome has been – I’m lucky that you dropped in
So nice and warm — Look out the window at that storm
My sister will be suspicious – Man, your lips look so delicious
My brother will be there at the door – Waves upon a tropical shore
My maiden aunt’s mind is vicious – Gosh your lips look delicious
Well maybe just a cigarette more – Never such a blizzard before

I’ve got to go home – Oh, baby, you’ll freeze out there
Say, lend me your coat – It’s up to your knees out there
You’ve really been grand – Your eyes are like starlight now
But don’t you see – How can you do this thing to me
There’s bound to be talk tomorrow – Making my life long sorrow
At least there will be plenty implied – If you caught pneumonia and died
I really can’t stay

Ahh, but it’s cold outside

Baby it’s cold outside

Brr it’s cold…
It’s cold out there
Cant you stay awhile longer baby
Well… I really shouldn’t… alright

Make it worth your while baby
Ahh, do that again…

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipe

At first glance, this hot cocoa looks incredibly ordinary. However, let me assure you that the flavor sensation is everything but ordinary. In fact, this hot cocoa is truly extraordinary.

What makes our recipe for Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa wicked good?

First, our hot cocoa recipe is a stand out in its class as it is based upon a recipe for Parisian Hot Cocoa incorporating fine-quality cocoa for the deepest chocolate flavor and rich, heavy cream for the ultimate hot cocoa experience. Blending natural maraschino cherry juices, or cherry liqueur for our spiked variation Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa, into the richest chocolaty hot cocoa magically brings about the hot cocoa of your heart’s desire.

In addition, we provide options to serve this divine hot cocoa with either Chantilly Cream or ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream for an extra-special indulgence or to prepare it with the dairy free option. What is not to love?

Simply put, our Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa is the ideal hot cocoa for chocolate covered cherry lovers–especially on Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Cheers!

xoxo,

stacysig

 

 

 

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipe

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipe

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa by Wicked Good Kitchen ~ An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Recipe includes dairy free option and variations for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream and spiked Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. The perfect hot cocoa for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day! | cocktail hot drink recipe

 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 large servings or 4 small.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa

An enchanting mug of rich, chocolaty hot cocoa, our Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa is blended with natural maraschino cherry juice and topped with Chantilly Cream, a dusting of cocoa, shaved chocolate and served with a cherry garnish. Our spiked version, Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa, is blended with a splash of Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur. Recipe includes options for ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream as well as a dairy free option. The perfect hot cocoa treat for the winter holiday season—especially Valentine’s Day!

Ingredients

  • For the Chantilly Cream
  • 1 cup (240 ml) cold heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons (8 grams) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • For the Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa
  • ½ cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup (24 grams) fine-quality unsweetened cocoa, I use Pernigotti®
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • ½ cup (120 ml) filtered or purified water
  • 2 cups (480 ml) heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) all natural maraschino cherry juice, such as Cherry Man®
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
  • For the Garnishes
  • Fine-quality unsweetened cocoa, I use Pernigotti®
  • Shaved milk and/or dark chocolate
  • All natural maraschino cherries with stems, such as Cherry Man®
  • Special Equipment
  • Cream Whipper, helpful but not necessary

Directions

Prepare the Chantilly Cream: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the cream, sugar, vanilla and salt together until well blended. Beat on high speed until the mixture has almost thickened to stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted from the bowl, about 2 to 3 minutes. Keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to use.

Cream Whipper Method: Pour the cream into cream whipper vessel. Add sugar, vanilla and salt; shake to combine ingredients. Charge according to manufacturer’s instructions and shake again. Place in refrigerator until ready to dispense.

Prepare the Chocolate Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa: In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cocoa and salt. Add water and whisk in. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil and whisk for 2 minutes. Add cream and whisk until well blended. Heat to just above serving temperature, but do not boil. Remove from heat and whisk in cherry juice and vanilla. Continue to whisk until slightly foamy.

Divide hot cocoa among 2 large or 4 small mugs. Top each mug with a generous dollop of Chantilly Cream or dispense from cream whipper. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa, sprinkled shaved chocolate and maraschino cherry. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Tips:

Pernigotti Unsweetened Cocoa can be found at Williams-Sonoma stores or through their online catalog. Here at Wicked Good Kitchen, we cannot say enough good things about this fine-quality cocoa!

Cherry Man® Natural Maraschino Cherries with Stems, made with no artificial color or flavor, can be purchased direct online.

For Dairy Free Option: Substitute ½ cup unsweetened almond milk and ½ cup full fat coconut milk per serving for heavy cream. Use whipped coconut cream in lieu of Chantilly Cream and dairy free semi-sweet mini chips or chopped dairy free semi-sweet chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life® brand, for garnish.

For ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, blend 1 cup (240 ml) cold heavy whipping cream, 4 tablespoons (50 grams) granulated sugar, 4 tablespoons (44 grams) whipped cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®, and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Beat at high speed until the mixture has almost thickened to stiff peaks when the beaters are lifted from the bowl, about 2 to 3 minutes. Keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to use. See the Cream Whipper Method below if using a cream whipper to make ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream.

For the Cream Whipper Method: In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the cream, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together until smooth and creamy and only small flecks of cream cheese remain. (Don’t worry, the cream whipper will take care of those remaining tiny flecks.) Beat at medium-low speed (setting 4 on KitchenAid stand mixer) until thickened but still liquid, about 2 minutes. Pour mixture into cream whipper vessel and charge according to manufacturer’s instructions. Keep chilled in refrigerator until ready to dispense.

For the Spiked Option: To make Cherry Cordial Hot Cocoa, add 1 shot of cherry liqueur per mug (about 1½ ounces or up to 3 tablespoons total). We like to add 2 to 3 tablespoons of our favorite cherry liqueurs, either Grand Marnier® Natural Cherry Liqueur (a special edition) or Tart Cherry Liqueur by Dancing Pines®.

Recipe Inspired by: Parisian Hot Cocoa recipe by Suzanne Somers from her book, Eat, Cheat and Melt the Fat Away, p. 261. In addition, Hershey’s® “Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa.

Original Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com

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About Stacy

Stacy Bryce is a recipe developer and member of the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals). Her passion is developing original conventional baking recipes as well as special diet recipes to include dairy-free, gluten-free and grain-free. You can follow Stacy at Pinterest.

Comments

  1. Hope you are getting better and had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, Stacy! It’s bitterly cold where we are and this hot cocoa sounds perfect! I love the chocolate covered cherry and all those wonderful toppings! It looks beautiful!

    • Thank you, Kelly! I am definitely feeling better. You are so thoughtful. Meanwhile, you will love this hot cocoa. The non-alcohol version is very kid-friendly for your little ones, too. 🙂 Once again, I hope you’re having a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend!

  2. Nothing sounds simple about this cocoa! Despite the fact that it’s in the 70’s here in CA — I know, right? — I would drink this up anyway! I love the chocolate cherry combination and that chantilly cream sounds amazing, Stacy. Pinning! 🙂
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    • Hahaha! Thank you, Marcie! I bet you would like this hot cocoa…even though it is spring-like weather in Cali right now. I can just imagine you sipping on a Mexican hot cocoa, as dessert, after a tasty Southwest meal. Thank you for pinning and have a great week ahead! 🙂

  3. Oooooo now this will perfect for any day!! Pass me a cup please in this New England cold.
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  4. I am a major sucker for hot chocolate. This would be perfect for all the snow we are due to get here in the north east!
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  5. This hot chocolate looks perfect! Love that you added maraschino cherry juice!
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  6. Stacy, this is the most beautiful hot cocoa! All made from scratch with real ingredients. I’ve been craving hot cocoa but I was never into prepackaged hot cocoa mixes, but I would definitely drink yours! 🙂
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  7. Hope you had a great Valentines day! This Hot Chocolate sounds so good with all special touches.
    The poem, so sweet. Stay warm my dear friend.
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  8. I’m honestly not a huge hot chocolate fan, but this… This is totally different. It looks amazing Stacy, I would gladly have this for dessert!
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  9. What an incredible hot cocoa, I adore that whipped cheesecake topping!
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  10. I want a big cup of hot cocoa on this cold winter day! Especially when it involves cherry!
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  11. Oooh I bet the flavor sensation is WICKED GOOD in that mug! The cherry and cocoa and vanilla with that Chantilly cream – ooh – bring on the cold I say!

  12. Ummmm I have no words!! This looks incredible!!! I need it like NOW.
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    • Hahaha! Of all my food blogging pals, you really need this mug of hot cocoa, Ashley! Cannot believe you have endured 30 degrees below zero with windchill weather! Keep warm and cozy, my sweet friend. 🙂

  13. Wow! This hot cocoa truly looks like something special, Stacy (: Both the Chantilly Cream and ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream sound like the most perfect topping! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend, and keep warm!
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    • Thank you, Monica! You must try the ‘Cheesecake’ Whipped Cream someday soon. Meanwhile, I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day weekend, too, my friend. Stay warm!

  14. What a decadent looking cup of hot cocoa!
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  15. Oh goodness!! This is like the most epic hot chocolate ever!! I want to sip on it all day, Stacy!
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  16. Yum! I love all the different options and the cute heart mug. And it certainly is cold outside!
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  17. Um, at first glance, this hot cocoa looks NOTHING like ordinary!!! This is the prettiest hot chocolate I’ve ever seen and I love the flavor complexity 🙂
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  18. Yep, I’m officially OBSESSED with this cocoa! Chocolate and cherry are one of my favorite flavor combinations and this looks simply sinful!
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    • Thank you, Hayley! You will love this cocoa. Thanks for making me smile, girl. It’s always a good day when I hear from you. I’ve missed you!

  19. Whoa baby this is VERY special cocoa. I wished I could ‘air mail’ this to a lot of people back east.
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    • Thank you, Carol! I’m shivering here in Indy, but those folks in the Northeast really need this hot cocoa! Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

  20. Maria | Pink Patisserie says:

    I am such a fan of chocolate and cherries together. So absolutely delicious! And your version is just gorgeous Stacy!

  21. I love chocolate covered cherries, and hot cocoa. I am definitely going to have to whip this up, especially since it’s still really cold here in Brooklyn!

  22. WOWWWW
    This is the best hot-chocolate I’ve seen in ages – looks scrumptious 🙂
    I’d share one with my husband any day (he loves hot chocoalte)
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  23. This is exactly what I need right now! It is FREEEEEZING here in NYC. Actually today it was like a heat wave at 40 but that is neither here nor there. Hot chocolate is still in order! Love the cherry and chocolate combo! Pinned!
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    • Thanks, Lindsey! As always, I appreciate the pin support and enjoy responding in kind. 🙂 Your Brown Butter Rum Raisin Banana Bread is off-the-chain, girl! Cannot wait to try it. Meanwhile, keep warm in NYC!

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