This post is the fourth in a series of five about easy food gift ideas. Why did I wait until after the holidays to post them? ‘Cause I was giving them as gifts and didn’t want to ruin the surprise. Of course, they make great gifts year-round. Each post contains a downloadable pdf of the recipe card with a fictional product logo I designed along with some beautiful food photography.
Several years ago when I was stil living in New York City, I a friend and I stopped by the then newly opened Jacques Torres shop on Hudson Street on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon. We were frozen to the core after a long walk through the winter streets and were looking for a pick me up. I suggest hitting a bar for some good old-fashioned cure for all that ails you better known as Irish whiskey, but my friend convinced me that hot cocoa was in order. Specifically, spicy hot cocoa. Thereafter those sad little packets of instant cocoa lost their lustre. The only cocoa I want is the spicy stuff!
For some reason, chocolate and hot peppers just go together, and in cocoa they are almost magical. The taste starts out sweet, then a long slow burn starts in the back of your mouth. By the time you finish your mug your whole body has a warm glow, and you can easily forget the cold weather outside.
Coming up tomorrow, the fifth and final installment: Food Gift Idea: Caramel and Almond Popcorn