So I trudge into work this morning in the rain, desperately craving hot chocolate. However, in the last couple of weeks I've determined that none of the coffee places near my office sells anything worthy of the name. Maybe I can find a package of instant in the office, I think. It won't be great, but it will satisfy my craving and I won't have paid $3 for it.
But alas, even instant is not to be found. Of course, the more I look, the stronger the obsession gets, so I cast about for what I *do* have in the office.
The solution: half a Hershey's Special Dark bar (I used the other half to make chocolate yogurt a couple of weeks ago) and a bunch of those thimble-sized half-and-half containers for the office coffee.
I melted the chocolate in a mug in the microwave and stirred in the half-and-half thimble-by-thimble so the chocolate wouldn't seize. I added about a dozen (six ounces, maybe?), then put it back in the microwave for another minute.
Wow! Really good! I thought the half-and-half would make it too rich, but, no, it's just the right amount of richness for a small but intense cup of hot chocolate. The chocolate has a surprisingly good balance between sweet and chocolatey.
Necessity is surely the mother of chowvention! I'll have to experiment with different types of chocolate in the future.