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Hot Cherry Chocolate

December 27, 2006

6 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups chocolate syrup
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry syrup
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
4 red maraschino cherries with stems

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, 1 cup of the cream, the chocolate syrup and 1/2 cup of the cherry syrup. Cook, stirring, until the mixture has bubbles around the edge of the pan. Do not boil. Reduce heat to low to keep warm.

Use electric mixer to beat remaining cream until foamy. While beating, gradually add powdered sugar and remaining cherry syrup. Beat until soft peaks form.

Ladle the hot chocolate into mugs. Spoon whipped cream over each and top with a cherry.

Serves 4.

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