Kids in the Sink

First Christmas Movie Inspiration: Irish Dark Hot Chocolate

on December 5, 2011

Now that it’s December, we love to sit down and watch all the Christmas movies that come on. Over the years, we have developed our favorites and they have become somewhat of a tradition to watch together. So each week this month, we will bring you something inspired by 4 of our favorite movies. The first movie we chose is “The Polar Express.”

This rather new movie quickly became one of our favorites. Yeah, we’re adults that enjoy a kid’s movie.

We felt a little childish watching a kid’s movie without our kids actually present, so to even things out, we created a little Christmas “spirit” in a cup inspired by the movie.

Our favorite part of the movie is when all of the children are on the train to the North Pole and the waiters bring out their cart of hot chocolate. They are singing and dancing about the only rule being to never, ever let it cool.

We broke that rule. Turns out, hot chocolate cools rather rapidly when you need to take a hundred pictures of it to get three decent shots. There’s a little behind the scenes info for you.

So as not to feel too silly singing together along to a Christmas movie long after the children went to bed, we whipped up a simple, but decadent Irish dark hot chocolate. The movie’s not Irish, but Heather is and there was Bailey’s in the freezer. And there you have it. The world’s best adult hot chocolate was born.

We started with a pretty standard hot chocolate recipe and added dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses and finished it off with a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream. We don’t know why we don’t drink this stuff more often. It makes my tongue want to dance. So if you find yourself childless, watching “The Polar Express,” and you hear this song…”Here we only got one rule. Never, ever let it cool!”, get in the spirit and warm yourself up with a little cup of Irish dark hot chocolate.

– Heather and Melissa

Irish Dark Hot Chocolate

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

¼ cup sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
Dash salt
3 tbsp water
2 cups milk
6 Dark Chocolate Hershey’s Kisses
4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream, divided

Directions:

  1. Mix the sugar, cocoa and salt in a small saucepan; stir in water.
  2. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the milk, taking care not to let it come to a boil. Add Hershey’s Kisses and stir until melted.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into two cups. Add two tablespoons of Bailey’s to each cup.

Source: Kids in the Sink original

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