January 14, 2000


Hot Chefs,

Hot Chocolate!

America's Top New York Chefs Offer Winter Warm-Ups

Made With Lowfat Chocolate Milk

With freezing tem-peratures just around the corner, Americans are searching for sweet treats to warm up their winters. Just in time for the cold weather season, some of America's hottest chefs have teamed up with the `got milk?' Milk Mustache campaign to create decadent, yet nutrient-packed, hot chocolate drinks made with lowfat chocolate milk.

Each steamy mug of hot chocolate from these hard-to-resist milk recipes provides calcium as well as eight other essential nutrients to help keep bones strong and healthy for the winter ahead.

"Hot chocolate isn't just for kids anymore," said Scott Campbell, chef/owner of Avenue restaurant in New York City, who was proclaimed to have the best hot chocolate in the world by the New York Times. "Hot chocolate for adults is growing in popularity all over America, from lowfat treats to luscious indulgences-and the best part is that it's a delicious way to get the calcium that most Americans are lacking."

 

Adults Heat Up to Hot Chocolate

As an alternative to coffee and tea, many adults enjoy hot chocolate drinks made to suit a sophisticated palate. Three hot New York chefs have tapped their talents to create an array of hot chocolate recipes, starring lowfat chocolate milk, that'll tame even a serious chocolate lover's craving. These calcium-packed treats are featured in a free brochure called "Hot Chefs, Hot Chocolate" and will satisfy any sweet tooth.

In this brochure, you'll find pointers from the pros on how to create alternative hot chocolate flavors by adding cinnamon, chocolate, orange, allspice or nutmeg to satisfy a variety of tastes. Or try the following to add some flair to your hot chocolate drinks:

 

Cold Hard Facts

These hot chocolate drinks offer a delicious way for everyone to enjoy great-tasting chocolate milk-based drinks and still get the nutrition they need. Adults and kids are not getting enough calcium. In fact, nine out of 10 women and seven out of 10 men fall short of current calcium recommendations. And without adequate calcium in the diet, the body will take what it needs from the bones, setting up the possibility of fragile bones and osteoporosis.

"These drinks made with lowfat chocolate milk provide the same nine essential nutrients as regular milk, including calcium, protein, vitamin D and vitamin B-12," said Ann Rusniak, R.D., director of dairy communications for the National Dairy Council. "Hot chocolate with lowfat or fat free chocolate milk offers a nutritious way to satisfy your chocolate cravings-and is not an empty calorie indulgence."

 

Free Brochure

In addition to tantalizing recipes, "Hot Chefs, Hot Chocolate" includes nutrition tips and facts that shatter the myths about chocolate milk. For a free copy of the "Hot Chefs, Hot Chocolate" recipe brochure, call 1-800-WHY MILK or log on to http://www.whymilk.com.

The `got milk?' Milk Mustache marketing campaign is jointly funded by the nation's fluid milk processors and America's dairy farmers. The multi-faceted campaign was initiated to educate consumers and correct misconceptions about milk. A series of educational brochures for consumers is available by calling 1-800-WHY-MILK or by visiting the milk Web site at http://www.whymilk.com.

 

Mulled Hot Chocolate

1 quart lowfat chocolate milk
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole allspice or 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 rind from a whole orange
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks
1tablespoon vanilla extract

Cut the skin off an orange, removing the pith. Next, julienne the orange peel and set aside. Pour lowfat chocolate milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice and orange rind. Then remove from heat for 10-15 minutes. After the spices have steeped in the milk, reheat the mixture to a very low heat and add chocolate chunks, stirring occasionally until melted (takes about 3-5 minutes). Carefully pour hot chocolate mixture through a metal strainer to remove spices and finish by adding vanilla extract. Pour into individual mugs and top off hot chocolate with whipped cream and julienned orange peel, if desired. Serves 6.

Created by: Scott Campbell, Chef/Owner, Avenue

 

The Fairway Caf,'s Mitchell London Hot Chocolate

4 cups fat free milk
1¼ pound semisweet chocolate
1 quart lowfat chocolate milk

Combine first two ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until chocolate melts (takes about 3 to 5 minutes). Add lowfat chocolate milk and stir until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Pour into individual mugs and top with whipped cream, if desired. Serves 6.

Created by: Steve Jenkins, Chef, The Fairway

Spiced Hot Chocolate

1 quart lowfat chocolate milk
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole allspice or 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Pour lowfat chocolate milk into a saucepan and bring to a simmer; add sugar, cinnamon sticks, allspice and nutmeg, then remove from heat for 10-15 minutes. After the spices have steeped in the milk, reheat the mixture to a very low heat and add chocolate chunks, stirring occasionally until melted (takes about 3-5 minutes). Carefully pour hot chocolate mixture through a metal strainer to remove spices and finish by adding vanilla extract to the strained liquid. Pour into individual mugs and top off hot chocolate with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serves 6.

Created by: Scott Campbell, Chef/Owner, Avenue

 

Hot Chocolate with Moroccan Spices

3 cups lowfat chocolate milk, divided
2 ounces bittersweet Belgian chocolate, plus 1/2 ounce for garnish
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange rind
3 pieces cardamom pods or
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

Bring 2 cups of lowfat chocolate milk to a boil. Steep cinnamon sticks, orange rind and cardamom pods in the milk mixture. Remove from heat for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, finely grate chocolate and place in bowl. Using a metal strainer, carefully strain out the spices from the milk mixture. Pour hot milk mixture over the chocolate. Stir mixture until well blended. In a saucepan, froth the remaining cup of lowfat chocolate milk. Pour into individual mugs and top with foam and sprinkle with grated chocolate, if desired. Serves 6.

Created by: Katy Sparks, Chef, Quilty's

 

The Avenue's Classic Hot Chocolate

1 quart lowfat chocolate milk
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chunks
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Pour lowfat chocolate milk and unsweetened cocoa powder into a saucepan and mix well; bring to a simmer and mix in sugar. Reduce heat to very low and add chocolate chunks, stirring occasionally until melted (takes about 3-5 minutes). Carefully pour hot chocolate mixture through a metal strainer and finish by adding vanilla extract. Pour into individual mugs and top off with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired. Serves 6.

Created by: Scott Campbell, Chef/Owner, Avenue

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