Liquorice Hot Chocolate 

Liquorice is one of those classic love-it-hate-it flavours that divides opinion, but I am definitely a fan. However, the first time I tried the combination of liquorice and chocolate I was somewhat apprehensive. I just couldn’t get to grips with how those two flavours could possibly work together. Now I absolutely love the combination and I wish we in the UK could easily get hold of the chocolate-covered liquorice candies you can get in places like Iceland and Scandinavia.

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This recipe is inspired by those chocolate candies and is really easy to make at home. The liquorice flavour actually comes from the use of star anise which is quite subtle, but is just enough to warm up the flavour and give you that little liquorice cuddle!

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Ingredients

Makes 2 mugs

  • 300ml milk
  • 100ml water
  • 4-5 star anise
  • 6 tsp grated chocolate (60-70% is best) or hot chocolate powder
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 sticks of liquorice 

Method

  1. Pour the milk and water into a small saucepan and add the star anise. Heat gently over a low-medium heat until hot to the touch (just dip your finger in to check).
  2. Stir in the grated chocolate and sugar and continue heating until the chocolate is melted and you have a smooth hot chocolate.
  3. Pour into mugs and serve with a stick of liquorice.
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