I’m obsessed with drinks. Cold in the summer, hot in the winter. I can’t help myself, they’re just too much fun to make and sip. And, there are so many different flavours to come up with depending on the season. We’ve been nabbing up oranges every time we go to the grocery store – they are soooo good right now! I was feeling the need to break away from the typical fall flavours for a little bit and enjoy something wintery and bright. Wintery = Hot Drinks and Chocolate. Bright = Citrus. Together = Orange Mocha.
If you like the combination of chocolate and oranges together, you will love this. It is a great change of pace from all those spiced drinks we’ve all been enjoying so much. For myself and my hubby, I like to make it into a mocha by stirring the chocolate orange sauce into coffee. For the kiddos, I heat up a glass of milk and stir some in, to make Orange Hot Chocolate. They love it. And, I love that it’s not coming out of a package filled with sugar and artificial flavourings. Win. Win. ;)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup milk (or dairy-free alternative)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 orange
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small saucepan whisk together cocoa powder, milk and maple syrup. Remove the rind from the orange with a vegetable peeler or pairing knife, being careful to avoid the white pith. Stir into cocoa mixture. Set the saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice into the chocolate mixture. Stir in cinnamon. Remove the orange rind, if desired (if it’s cut into nice strips I don’t bother). Use immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
To make a mocha, stir 2-3 tablespoons of the chocolate orange mixture into 1 cup of hot coffee. Add additional sweetener or milk, if desired. (For hot chocolate stir into 1 cup of warm milk.)
Makes: 1 cup sauce (6-8 servings)