While most people associate July with our Independence Day, they fail to pay respect to a possibly equally important national holiday. Next Wednesday, July 28, is National Milk Chocolate Day. And, for a lot of people, milk chocolate is a very important part of their lives. I’d like to point out a distinction, though. I’m not talking about any plain old chocolate. It’s not dark chocolate, it’s not white chocolate – no, it’s the faithful and true MILK chocolate. As Mariska Hargitay so perfectly says, “Chocolate is the first luxury.” So, in honor of National Milk Chocolate Day, I thought I could help you prepare for your celebration with the 5 best recipes with milk chocolate.
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- Homemade Chocolate Milk
Let’s start with a classic (and by classic, I mean an almost 400-year-old classic) – a nice cold glass of chocolate milk. While you might think that messing up a glass of chocolate milk would be pretty hard, it can still happen. For a zero risk of failure and that oh-so-perfect taste, try this recipe: using a blender, mix 3 cups of milk, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Don’t forget to let it chill for a bit – that is, unless you like it room temp. Enjoy!
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- Nutella Hot Chocolate
While this recipe might not call specifically for milk chocolate, I’m going to let it slide for the simple fact that Nutella is amazing. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt 3 tablespoons of Nutella into 1/3 cup of milk. Once that’s blended, go ahead and add one more cup of milk. And now you’re done! Wasn’t that simple? If you’d like, add some marshmallows.
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- Milk Chocolate Mocha Sauce
Have you ever been eating vanilla ice cream and thought: Wow, this boring vanilla could sure use some chocolate? Well, you’re in luck because this mocha sauce will solve all of your chocolate-related problems. And the best part? It’s ridiculously simple: Warm up ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until it boils, then stir in 2 tablespoons of instant espresso powder. Last, pour 1 cup of milk chocolate chips into a bowl and pour the espresso cream on top. Voila! No more nightmares about a lack of chocolate in your life.
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- Chocolate Fudge (in 11 minutes?!)
That’s right, just 11 minutes of your time and you could have a nice pan of chocolate fudge that could change your life. For this super-easy recipe, line an 8 or 9-inch baking pan with foil. Then, in a separate saucepan, combine 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate morsels with 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. If you’d like, you can add some nuts. Last, spread the mixture into the pan that you lined earlier. Now I have to admit that I did fudge the truth a little bit before – you’re going to have to refrigerate it for about two hours. So, I guess this recipe takes 2 hours and 11 minutes – but 11 minutes just sounds a lot better.
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Well, well – another classic. Everyone (well, almost everyone) likes chocolate chip cookies, so why not have an easy recipe on hand? For starters, you need to preheat your oven to 375. Using a mixer, beat 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of sugar, 1/c cup of brown sugar, 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Once those are all mixed together, add 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon soda and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Then, bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Now all you have to do is patiently (or not-so-patiently) wait for your entire house to smell like heaven.