Hot Cocoa with Whipped Cream Hearts

whipped cream hearts


I heard a rumor last year.  Not the ugly sort of rumor that results from unseemly gossip, but the good kind that you hope is true.  I can’t remember where I read it or who said it, but I tucked it in the back of my mind until just last week when I put it to the test.

Here’s what I heard: whipped cream, when spread thin, freezes up like a dream and can be cut into charming shapes using garden-variety cookie cutters.

Who knew?

And guess what? It does work like a dream. A creamy, chocolatey dream when whipped cream hearts are set over steaming cups of hot cocoa and served to your beloveds come next week on Valentine’s Day.

whipped cream hearts

Making your own cocoa is dreamy too, and easy, and better than what comes in those little packets that my kids, and I’m guessing yours too, are always trying to slip into the shopping cart. I almost bought a box a few weeks ago, a weak moment in the supermarket with persistent children at my side. But I stopped in my tracks once I read what’s in there:  partially hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, artificial colors, and a small handful of other unsavory items I don’t know how to spell or pronounce.

So I’ll keep making my own.  And hope you do too.  It’s so good.  And with a pretty whipped cream heart on top? The cutest cup of Valentine’s Day cocoa ever.

Perfect Cocoa with Whipped Cream Hearts

Winter and cups of cocoa go hand-in-hand in our house, and making your own is worth the little bit of extra effort it takes. Adding whipped cream cut-outs is a charming, special-occasion addition to an already delicious treat. You can modify the whipped cream as desired by adding sugar and/or vanilla to taste. The cocoa recipe makes one cup; multiply the recipe for as many cups as are needed.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar , divided
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (optional)

Instructions

For the whipped cream hearts

  1. Line a 9X11-inch baking pan with parchment paper so the paper drapes over two sides.
  2. Pour the cream into a large bowl and use an electric mixer to whip the cream just until it forms stiff peaks, adding 1 tablespoon of the sugar when you are about halfway there.
  3. Spoon the whipped cream into the prepared pan and spread it evenly until it is 1/2-inch thick. It won't cover the entire surface of the pan. Put the whipped cream into the freezer until frozen, at least an hour.
  4. Once frozen, remove the pan from the freezer. Hold on to two sides of the parchment to lift the cream out of the pan and set it on your work surface. Press a heart-shaped cookie cutter into the cream, and use a knife to carefully wedge it out. Cut out as many hearts as will fit. Work quickly, because the cream melts! Store the hearts in a single layer in a covered container in the freezer until ready to use. If any of the hearts crack along the way, piece them back together and refreeze.

For the cocoa

  1. Put the milk, cocoa powder, and remaining sugar in a small saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Whisk vigorously to incorporate the cocoa powder and sugar into the milk. Once the cocoa powder is mixed in, stir occasionally until the cocoa is warmed to your liking, being sure that the sugar dissolves. Add the vanilla and stir again.
  2. Pour into a mug, sprinkle the optional chopped chocolate over the cocoa, and top with a whipped cream heart.
  3. Serve immediately.

how to make whipped cream hearts

Comments

02.04.2013 at 7:47 AM #

Pamela

Wow~~~what a great rumor! those whipped cream hearts are great and the hot chocolate too.Thanks~~

02.04.2013 at 8:12 AM #

Robin

Sweet idea. I always like to have make ahead items on hand. I wonder how long the hearts will be good kept in the freezer. Will definitely make this on the 14th.

02.04.2013 at 8:12 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Robin,
Good question. I made my hearts about 10 days ago and have a few still in a covered container in the freezer. They look as good as new.

02.04.2013 at 10:28 AM #

felicia

Super cute idea! My kids love hot chocolate so this is a keeper.

02.04.2013 at 10:28 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks Felicia!

02.04.2013 at 5:46 PM #

Heather

Oh I am so making these Right. Now. Great idea! Thanks!!!

02.04.2013 at 5:46 PM #

katiemorford

I want to see a photo of the girls …cocoa in chubby hands.

02.05.2013 at 9:50 PM #

Stacy @School-Bites.com

Adorable idea. Can’t wait to try it!

02.05.2013 at 9:50 PM #

katiemorford

Thanks Stacy…and they can even be floated in something savory like a bowl of butternut squash or tomato soup since the cream isn’t sweetened.

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08.25.2014 at 4:19 PM #

Heather

Hi! I love this idea, how quickly do they melt at room temperature? I’m wondering if anyone has used these for parties? If you have, what was your experience keeping them cold?

08.25.2014 at 4:19 PM #

katiemorford

Hi Heather

It’s been since last winter that I made these so speed of melting isn’t fresh in my mind. I usually just keep them in the freezer until just before serving and then pop them in the cups of cocoa.

12.09.2015 at 8:59 AM #

Chanel

I whipped whip cream and put it in the freezer and the cutters come out crackly…

12.09.2015 at 8:59 AM #

katiemorford

You mean the shapes you cut out were cracked?

12.10.2015 at 12:58 PM #

Chanel

When trying to take the cut outs out of the frozen whipped cream, it didn’t hold the shape.

12.10.2015 at 12:58 PM #

katiemorford

I’m sorry to hear that! I haven’t had that trouble and am not sure why that happened. If they crack, you can piece them together and refreeze them.

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