Transform leftover Easter bunnies — or whatever leftover chocolate you have — into a rich, creamy hot chocolate.
After forgetting the cocoa at the grocery store Thursday and getting snowed in on Friday, I was jonesing for a nice hot chocolate. Alas, we had none left. At least, we didn’t have any of the usual suspects: Nestle, Swiss Miss, etc. But I wasn’t going to be deterred by that unfortunate fact.After a bit of hunting and hawing, I located uneaten chocolate bunnies from last Easter…They weren’t open and appeared perfectly edible. To be sure, I sampled a nibble. Mmmm. Chocolate.
(Hint: Hot chocolate is delicious served with super-easy Toasted Coconut, Caramel and Milk Chocolate Madeleines.)
So off to the stove the bunny and I went, along with milk. I heated up the milk until it was warm but not hot and began breaking an ear into little pieces that I sprinkled into the pan. After stirring for maybe five minutes, the chocolate melted and combined with the milk forming a surprisingly delicious and chocolately drink that totally took care of the craving. Okay, craving’s a bad word. It exceeded my expectations. There, that’s better.
Low and behold, after purchasing two tins of hot cocoa from Williams-Sonoma – peppermint and chocolate – I discovered chocolate, real chocolate, inside. And you heat it in milk and stir, stir, stir. So I guess my instinct was pretty good on more than one level.
- 2 cups milk
- the ears of a jumbo hollow Easter bunny
- Heat milk on stove set at medium-low until warm, but not boiling.
- Break bunny ears into pieces and sprinkle into milk.
- Stir constantly for 5-10 minutes until chocolate and milk are completely blended.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.