Believe it or not, in my family thick creamy hot chocolate is a good luck drink. Every New Years Eve we gather at my brother’s house in Ukiah, California, in Mendocino County. After enjoying a beautiful dinner that my brother has put together, or that we all collaborated on, we play cards, talk, or watch a movie waiting for the time delayed countdown from New York. Besides taking part in the countdown, everyone also goes for a moonlight walk down a dirt road that runs through the mountain hilltop. Some nights are beautiful and clear, other nights are dark, muddy and rainy. Let me back up, we don’t have to go, but a person would feel guilty about being the one to break the tradition, so we all go. When we get back from the walk the thick creamy hot chocolate is waiting for us. On those cold rainy nights the chocolate goes down especially well. It’s our way of starting the new year on the right foot.
Thick creamy hot chocolate is actually a Spanish tradition that we have shared with my family from Spain, where my husband is from. In Spain, this is thick chocolate is what Spaniards dunk churros into. In case you don’t know what a churro is, it is a fried pastry about 7 inches long, which are especially good dunked into the thick creamy hot chocolate. Chocolate and churros are not something most Spaniards enjoy on a regular basis, they tend to mark a special day, or a special occasion. When I make this hot chocolate, I use non-fat milk to lower the total amount of fat in the recipe, and no one notices the difference.
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