Yes? So, why am I not surprised?
After watching an old episode of Jamie Oliver's Christmas Special, I'm inspired to make my own ice blended chocolate using similar ingredients that Jamie used to make his own epic hot chocolate and so I this is what I have made...
|Our epic iced blended chocolate|
Believe it or not? Each serve of the ice blended chocolate that I made is costing me less than a dollar!!! All because the ingredients that I used are easily available in my pantry and it is costing me almost like nothing to assemble these drinks together.
To start, we need 30g CHOCOLATE to make one drink!!! I mean real chocolate with best quality that you like to eat or use for cooking or baking. Personally, I like to use Callebaut dark chocolate with either 55% or 70% cocoa.
Next, gather these ingredients from your pantry...
|I always have these ingredients in my kitchen.|
To sweeten your drinks, you can use either icing sugar, corn syrup (preferably fructose free) or Stevia. If you are using sweetened chocolate, you can choose to omit this addition. Please do not use caster, white or granulated sugar as they are harder to dissolve.
|The real sugar vs Stevia the sugar substitution|
|Melt chocolate with half the milk and mix all other ingredients together.|
|Add ice and whiz until the ice are well blended and smooth.|
|This is real epic and it costs me less than a dollar!!!|
Good quality chocolate $30 per kilogram
Good quality Dutch cocoa powder $30 per kilogram
Milk $1 a liter
Making an epic ice blended chocolate with real chocolate $1 per serve
Enjoying an epic drink - Priceless!
Depending on the type of chocolate and other ingredients that we use, each serve of this ice blended chocolate can varies from 250 to 400 calories but if you use 1g of Stevia (a natural sugar substitute) instead of icing sugar, you can consume 30 less calories from the one that you made with real sugar.
Having said that, I must admit that the addition of Stevia does give the drink a little bitter aftertaste but it is not easily delectable and also easily acceptable.
Stevia? It is a calorie-free sweetener extracted from the leaves of the plant species, Stevia rebaudiana. I like to strongly encourage people with diabetic and weight control problems to enjoy their food better with Stevia as the sweetness of 1g Stevia is equivalent to 2 teaspoons of sugar.
Pardon me and my nagging... Although I like the fact that Stevia is noncaloric, I like to emphasis that the consumption of Stevia should be in moderation as excessive consumption may cause some side effects for some people especially those with 1) ragweed allergies, 2) low blood pressure or 3) difficulty to control blood sugar levels. Personally, I think that pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid consuming sweeteners too... Well, this is my very very very personal opinion.
For me, I like to moderate everything that I consume and so I'm loving the benefits of both Stevia and sugar.
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Before proceeding on to the recipe, I like to make a disclaimer here that I'm not paid by Nunaturals to promote their products. I was given these samples to try and like to share my most honest opinions to my friends and all readers.Good luck with this giveaway!
Here is my epic ice blended chocolate recipe that is mostly adapted from Jamie Oliver's Epic Hot Chocolate
Make one large serve, 300ml
30 g good-quality unsweetened dark chocolate, preferably Callebaut dark chocolate with 55% or 70% cocoa
1/2 cup (125ml) milk, divided into half
1 tbsp good quality cocoa, preferably Dutch processed cocoa powder like Valrhona
1 tbsp Milo or any malted drink
1 tbsp milk powder
3/4 tbsp icing sugar or 3/4 tbsp light corn syrup (preferably fructose free) or 1g Stevia powder or nothing if you don't mind the bitterness from the cocoa powder
1 pinch sea salt
1 cup (loosely pack) ice
Place chocolate in a medium heat proof bowl.
Place chocolate in a medium heat proof bowl.
Pour 1/4 cup milk into a small saucepan and bring it almost to the boil over a medium heat. When the milk is ready, pour it in the bowl of chocolate and allow the heat to melt the chocolate without stirring for about 1 min. Add cocoa powder, Milo, milk powder and icing sugar or syrup or Stevia into the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Mixture can be a little lumpy but it is ok. Stir in the rest of milk into the mixture.
Transfer mixture into a tall plastic cup that can be processed by a hand blender and add ice into it. Using a hand blender, process until the ice are well blended and smooth. Pour the blended drink into a serving cup and enjoy this epic drink immediately!