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The Unexpected Ingredient That'll Make Hot Chocolate
Even Better
By Elaina Friedman
The next time you're craving a cup of hot chocolate, try adding an unexpected ingredient: miso. The fermented bean paste gives the drink a satisfyingly complex umami richness.
A miso hot chocolate recipe on TikTok uses 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder, a pinch of instant coffee, a drizzle of maple syrup, a square of dark chocolate, and ½ teaspoon of miso.
As you might imagine from miso's saltiness, whisking bean paste into your hot cocoa is sort of like putting flaky salt on your chocolate chip cookie to offset the sweetness.
If you want to play it safe, choose white miso for your hot chocolate, as it has a history of being used alongside chocolate sweets.
White miso can be found in most supermarkets, and certainly at your local Asian grocery store. You may even find yourself adding it to every chocolate dessert you make.