Thursday, November 18, 2010

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Once upon a time, a guy I was seeing and I went down to Bittersweet Cafe on Fillmore and it was love at first sight.  The moment he saw "peanut butter hot chocolate" on the menu he knew he had to have it.  Of course, it took much longer before he professed his love to me, but in all fairness I'm not the delightfully sweet and salty combo of chocolate and peanut butter.  Well, I might be sweet sometimes, and salty at others, but, oh you get it.  I'll stop.
But now, tragedy of tragedies - Bittersweet has CLOSED and we are left peanut butter hot chocolateless.
Well this simply won't do.  Where will my darling get his annual dose of 80,000 calories in 8 ounces of thick, salty-sweet liquid bliss?  I'm tempted to rewrite that given how awful it sounds, but it's true, and funny in that sexual innuendo way that I enjoy so much, so it gets to stay.
A quick tour of the interwebs brings up plenty of "well, duh" type recipes for just such a concoction, so never fear.  We are saved!!!!
We are also saved from my wondering if I were to combine some milk with some peanut butter cups and stick it to my immersion blender, whether or not it would work.

Wasabimon features her own (gluten free!) labor of love here.
This shandy cat snagged a recipe from a cookbook and posted it for the world to see (much to the dismay of the cookbook author one would imagine) for a frozen version.
And the good folks over at were kind enough to publish EXACTLY what I would've tried, without requiring the trial and error process of not enough/too much/just right amounts of peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
1 or 2 packets of your favorite hot chocolate mix (back when I was a lifeguard a coworker taught me to use twice the powder with the same amount of liquid and I have never looked back)
some nice hot milk - you pick the fat level - me, I'm going low in order to make up for all those other calories
1 tbsp of creamy peanut butter

Empty the packets into a mug, pour in milk and stir well.  Add peanut butter and stir some more until the peanut butter is melted.
Top with whipped cream and maybe even little pb cup crumbles if you're feeling skinny.

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