Ever since I had the first (proper) hot chocolate (memory) from real, melted chocolate (and, quite needless to say, not just from powder), I was hooked. There was no going back. I used to sip on such a rich, “real” chocolat chaud in the beautiful town of Aixe en Provence, in the South of France, during our family vacations. It was served at our favorite tea and chocolate place (that, sadly, now doesn’t exist anymore). It was a little bit decadent, but just the right amount. Mostly, it was just heaven on earth. You could maybe, with a little bit of practice, drink 2 or even 3 cups. But really, after one, you’d be full. Sugar coma, ahoi! You could just as well eat a whole menu of starters, main with steak & frites and an ice cream dessert instead. But the fasting (before and after) was so worth it.
Wwhenever I make hot chocolate now, I inevitably think of the lovely place in Aixe. There is nothing more comforting than melted, dark Lindt chocolate with the right amount of milk and the perfect spices. I am currently very partial to a Lebkuchen spiced one… Although I’m also into this S’mores kinda one, with toasted marshmallows on top… And did I mention there is the mandatory Candy Cane Hot Chocolate version, too?. I’d like to know: How do you like your hot chocolate…?
[gap height=”20″]I’ve been dreaming up a holiday party forever (and really, I’ve planned my fair share of Friendsmas Dinner Parties before) – one that includes a hot chocolate bar, no less! With ingredients to pick and choose from – from minty candy cane sprinkles to cinnamon sticks as stirrers to marshmallows for good measure – to tweak and individualize your very own hot chocolate. And because I want you to live your dreams as well, I have been planning a giveaway – yes, a proper F&F Holiday Box – together with Lindt, just for you! With carefully picked favorites, specifically selected wintery, festive goods for your palate as well as your home.
The giveaway includes: 4 tablets of Lindt Crémant Noir 49% (naturally), for your own hot chocolate creations at home. You can leaf through the glossy Lindt Book while sipping on your hot choc – a sweet coffee table book about the world of chocolate, recipes included. Then there is this delicious Diptyque Candle, in my all time favorite scent “Feu de Bois” (that instantly creates a warm, wintery, fire place atmosphere in your home). You can light it with one of the large matches that I included. My favorite tea from Sirocco – a Swiss tea brand that I love – shouldn’t be missing, either. Because you can only drink so much hot chocolate, right? The Black Chai is particularly nice (make sure to sweeten it liberally, hehe). To bring your baking sessions to the next level, I picked my favorite copper cookie cutters (say “copper cookie cutters” three times in a row without twisting your tongue) – a christmas tree and a gingerbread men (you can use this or this post for inspiration) – and added my favorite (pumpkin-)spice-mix, which is called “Lebkuchen-” or “Birnenbrot-Gewürz” around here. You can even add a pinch to your hot chocolate, hmm, delicious! The wooden spoon with the heart will help you whip everything up, piece of cake. When you still need some more help to offset your holiday mood, light another candle. The mini, copper bundt cake pan candle stick is the ideal place for a slim, long candle. Can we talk for a second about how cute this candle stick is…? If all of this doesn’t keep you warm, then there is still this heart shaped, furry key holder. To keep you company on your adventures out in the cold, and to always show you the way home. Home is where the heart is, right?
How to participate: Now that you’ve seen all the components of the F&F Holiday Box you probably want one for yourself, and are asking: how can I win one? Right? Well, all you have to do to win one of three boxes is leave a comment here below this post by the end of December 8th. One participant – one entry only. Open for international contestants, too. The winners will be chosen at random and announed here and on F&F Facebook on Wednesday, December 9th.
Update: the giveaway is closed now. The winners will be chosen at random and announced here shortly.
Oh, and then, there’s my favorite Hot Chocolate recipe to share with you…
Lebkuchen Hot Chocolate
2 cups whole milk
1/2 tablet Lindt Créman Noir 49%
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. Lebkuchen (gingerbread) spice mix
2 cinnamon sticks to act as stirrers
Heat the milk in a small saucepan. Add the chocolate in pieces and the sugar, then stir until the chocolate is fully melted. Spice with the Lebkuchen or gingerbread spice mix and divide between two mugs. Place a cinnamon stick in each mug and serve hot.
For the S’mores Hot Chocolate, omit the spices. Simply add a couple of small marshmallows to each mug and toast them with a blow torch from all sides. For the Candy Cane version, whip some cream, ladle a spoonful on top of the hot chocolate and sprinkle with crushed mint candy canes.[/twocol_one][fourcol_one_last][/fourcol_one_last][gap height=”20″]
Legal disclaimer: This post was created in cooperation with Lindt. Some of the products included (the chocolate and the book) were provided free of charge by Lindt. The other goodies are offered by me personally. The giveaway has an approximative total value of 180 CHF. The value of the givewaway can not be reimbursed. Should the winner not get back in touch with me within two days after the announcement, then a new winner will be announced instead. Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.