Maple Bacon Hot Chocolate

Maple Bacon Hot Chocolate
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Inspired by the L.A.-based Coolhaus this hot chocolate is brought to the next level, and then some, by adding not just one amazing ingredient (maple), but bacon, too! 

Ingredients

Candied Bacon:

5 strips good quality bacon, diced

2½ tablespoons brown sugar

 

Hot Chocolate:

2 cups milk (or non-dairy substitute)

5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

½ teaspoon maple sugar

1 teaspoon maple syrup

 

Whipped Cream:

½ cup cold heavy whipping cream

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ tablespoon maple sugar/maple syrup

Pinch sea salt flakes

Directions

Candied Bacon:

In a skillet, over medium heat, add in diced bacon.

Once it starts rendering, add in brown sugar.

Stir frequently to keep the bacon and brown sugar mixing and cooking.

Once it is golden and crispy, remove candied bacon bits using a slotted spoon, placing on a paper-towel-lined plate; allow to cool.

 

Hot Chocolate:

Place the milk, maple syrup, and maple sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk until the mixture just reaches the boiling point.

Remove from heat and whisk in chopped chocolate until smooth and dissolved.

 

Whipped Cream:

In your mixing bowl, place the whipping cream, vanilla extract, and sugar, and stir to combine.

Cover and chill the bowl and wire whisk in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.

 

Assembly:

Pour the hot chocolate into two cups and garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Sprinkle with candied bacon bits and a tiny bit of the sea salt and grated chocolate.

Preparation time: about 10 minutes, plus 10 minutes for candied bacon.

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