The Little Nell Hot Cocoa

The Little Nell Hot Cocoa
Staff Writer

Courtesy of The Little Nell

The Hot Cocoa at The Little Nell.

Hot cocoa and skiing: you can’t have one without the other. With this in mind, executive pastry chef Danielle Riesz of five-star ski resort The Little Nell in Aspen, Colo., created a classic cocoa recipe that is sure to warm anyone up after a long day in the snow. Using Trudelia chocolate, cocoa powder, half-and-half, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt, Riesz crafts an irresistible cocoa that is as idyllic and delightful as the snowy slopes of Aspen. It has all the joys of skiing on a brisk winter day — without any of the challenge!

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  half-and-half
  • 2  Tablespoons  granulated sugar
  • 1  Tablespoon  extra brute cocoa powder
  • 1.5  Ounces  58 percent Trudelia chocolate
  • Pinch of  salt

Directions

Bring the half-and-half to boil, and whisk in sugar. Bring back to a boil. Whisk in cocoa powder, chocolate, and salt.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
17g
13%
Protein
3g
7%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Fluoride, F
13µg
0%
Folate, total
7µg
2%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
17mg
5%
Phosphorus, P
30mg
4%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
83mg
6%
Water
17g
1%

Cocoa Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Cocoa Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.