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Wellness Wednesday Recipe: Barcelona Hot Chocolate

December 14, 2016

A healthier twist on a favorite winter drink: One cup of this hot chocolate has twice the antioxidants of a five-ounce glass of wine and two to three times more than a cup of green tea. 


  • 2/3 cup boiling wateroh3468p49-barcelona-hot-chocolate-new-x
  • 2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet (60 to 70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
  • 1/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • Cocoa powder (optional)


  1. Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts.
  2. Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through rind); cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Discard rind.
  3. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs. Spoon 1 tablespoon whipped topping over each serving. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

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