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Herbal Mushroom Hot Chocolate (2 Ways!)

Ingredients for making herbal mushroom hot chocolate on wooden table

For chocolate lovers, very few things compare to snapping open a raw cacao bean, rubbing it between your palms to crumble your own cacao nibs, and taking a deep inhale. If you’ve never tried raw cacao (pronounced “kah-cow”), you might be in for a bit of a surprise.

Unlike overly sweet and highly processed milk chocolate, raw cacao beans and nibs have a complex chocolate flavor sans sweetness. Raw cacao doesn't smell like a chocolate bar and is often described as being slightly bitter, earthy, woody, and even astringent on the palate. All of those flavors make raw cacao a great canvas to build rich chocolate creations from scratch. I love adding cacao nibs to smoothies, trail mix, chia seed pudding, and, of course, as a base for a mug of warm and cozy hot chocolate.

If you're looking to make something really special from scratch, try out the latest food craze ... mushroom hot chocolate. By adding dried mushrooms to your homemade hot chocolate, you can recreate this trendy (and healthful) beverage without breaking the bank. Just make sure your mushrooms are sustainably harvested, as there are mushrooms on the market that aren't consciously collected. 

We have two tasty combos of this trendy beverage for you to try: the first is perfect for those slow, weekend mornings and the second for a quick and easy pick-me-up!

Camping mug with herbal hot chocolate sprinkled with herba and star anise, mug sitting on woven table cloth

Spiced Reishi Hot Chocolate Recipe

Yields three large mugs.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Break cacao beans in half and rub between your palms to create cacao nibs and hulls.
  2. Add cacao nibs and hulls, chilis, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to tea infuser or cheesecloth bundle.
  3. Add milk, reishi slices, tea infuser, nutmeg powder, and vanilla powder to a medium pot.
  4. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cover.
  5. Let gently simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Strain tea infuser and remove reishi slices.
  7. Ladle into your favorite mug and serve immediately.

Hands rubbing and crushing whole cacao beans

Mushroom Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

Yields one small mug. 

Ingredients: 

Directions: 

  1. Bring milk to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down to low.
  3. Whisk ingredients until combined and slightly frothy.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug and serve immediately.

This mix can be scaled up to create a few mugs at a time, or make a big batch to package in jars or tins as gifts. When making a cup from a large batch of mix, add two tablespoons of this mix to a cup of milk.

 

Looking for more Herbal Mushroom Recipes?

Learn How To Make Double Mushroom Extractions

 

 

Topics: Recipes, Culinary, Herbalism

Kiley

Written by Kiley on November 28, 2017

Kiley Gwynn, certified BJCP beer judge, enjoys a wide variety of hobbies but her deepest passion is homebrewing. She loves spreading the joy of homebrewing and over the last decade has become deeply involved in the Oregon homebrewing community. Kiley is an award-winning homebrewer who holds a seat on the executive committee of Cascade Brewers Society and is a member of American Homebrewers Association Diversity Subcommittee. She loves brewing herbally inspired beers at educational events like Learn to Homebrew Day. When she’s not working as a Marketing Strategist at Mountain Rose Herbs or in her homebrewery, you’ll likely find her under a pile of yarn with a crochet project, in the kitchen working on her latest small batch canning adventure or chasing her rescued red heeler down the beach.