If you’ve ever watched Modern Family, and I hope you have, then you’ve seen Manny add a sprinkle of salt to his chocolate milk. I think this is hilarious, as he’s such a sophisticated mature little kid. But the thing is, it really does taste so much better. In this case I’m talking about hot chocolate. I did a taste test this morning and had it first without salt, then with, and wow does it make a difference! Salt brings out the flavors of everything, even sweets like chocolate. Speaking of, does anyone else think that salted caramel has jumped the shark? Come on! It’s everywhere and on everything! But that’s besides the point. The point is, it is freezing in Portland right now and this e creamy drink is the perfect thing to stay warm.
There are a lot of random things you don’t realize aren’t vegan until you crave them. For me, one of those things is hot chocolate. While I have never gone anywhere and seen vegan hot chocolate, it is super easy to make yourself at home. I have been making this on weekend mornings and I love it. This recipe is warm and creamy, and the cinnamon adds a hint of spice that’s unexpected. If you’re feeling daring you can even at a pinch of cayenne, but be careful; once I added a bit too much and couldn’t even drink my cocoa. You can use any non-dairy milk of your liking, I use almond milk that is already sweetened, so if you are using unsweetened milk add more sugar to your taste.