Chocolate Pot with a Hint of Coffee

Chocolate Pot and Strawberries

It’s February and what better month to post a chocolate recipe. As a huge chocolate lover, finding this chocolate pot recipe and then getting to test it out several times was heavenly. This chocolate pot is not as light, texturally, as a mousse or chocolate pot de creme which use egg or egg yolks, but it’s still smooth and creamy, rich and delicious and with less fuss.

A few months ago I was the lucky winner of the Green & Black’s Organic Chocolates giveaway from Vianney at Sweet Life. It was a wonderful package as you can see below that consisted of a logo tote bag, Green & Black’s Ultimate Chocolate Recipe cookbook, and 3 bars of chocolate.  Chocolates from Green&Black'sWhen going through the cookbook, I found it quite difficult to decide which recipe I wanted to make first.  There were SO many that I marked.  However, when I came upon the 5-minute Chocolate Pot, I knew that needed to be made as soon as possible.  It’s simply a little pot of chocolate with cream and only takes 10 minute to make. The recipe says 5 minutes, but let’s be realistic.  The hardest part of making this was waiting for it to cool off.  It is meant to be served warm or at room temperature, so the recipe says to let it cool on the counter for an hour before serving.  It actually took a couple of hours. You can serve each serving with a little cup of whipped cream or with nothing at all. Either way it’s a chocolate lover’s dream!

Chocolate Pot or Chocolate de Creme

 


Chocolate Creme Pot

 

Kitchen Notes

Recipe adaptation – The only things I changed from the original recipe was to use a blend of chocolates rather than use just dark chocolate, and to use coffee rather than water.  For the process I kept the chocolate over the hot water while I added the coffee but with the fire off. The original recipe said to remove the pan from the heat after melting the chocolate and before adding the liquid.  That didn’t work for me. The chocolate hardened even though the coffee was hot, so I put the bowl back over the hot water to finish adding the coffee.

The chocolate – I can tell that this recipe could use a number of different types chocolates with different amounts of cocoa.  So I would suggest using whatever chocolate you have on hand, and if you are like us, you always have chocolate on hand.  However, whatever flavor you add (if you decide to use a flavoring) could dictate the best type of chocolate to use.  For instance, I made one batch with all dark chocolate and the coffee. I found it too bitter and had to add a touch of honey.  When I used half B&G dark chocolate and half milk chocolate, no sweetener was needed and the flavor was perfect.

The cream – Don’t be tempted to go light and use half and half.  I tried it.  The delicious flavor was there, but I wasn’t as crazy about the texture.  The batches I made with heavy cream were like eating a silky, creamy mousse.  The half and half yielded a thicker, less creamy result. Still quite delicious, just a little too thick.

The flavoring – We really loved the hint of coffee, and to make it even better, I sprinkled a little sea salt on each serving after pouring them into the cups. YUM!  I did make one batch with 1/8 teaspoon of mint extract and neither of us liked it. It was too medicinal.  I haven’t tried other flavorings, but would think using a flavored chocolate such as hazelnut, almond or orange would be delicious.  You could also add a tablespoon of liquor or brandy if you choose.

Serving size -  The original recipe calls for the chocolate to be poured into espresso cups, but you can use whatever small serving dishes you have.  I’ve used wine glasses, espresso cups, ramekins, and these cute little chocolate cups I found at World Market.  This is a really rich chocolate dessert, so a little does go a long way and if you add whipped cream, it makes it even richer.

 

Chocolate Pots with a hint of coffee

 

This Chocolate Pot recipe was SO easy and is the perfect recipe for all of you chocolate lovers out there.  Use your favorite chocolate and enjoy!

For more Valentine ideas, hop on over the Katherine Martinelli’s Blog Hop,  Thursday’s Treasures , Clever Chicks Blog Hop, Double chocolate Chocolate party , Made With Love Mondays  .

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80 Responses to “Chocolate Pot with a Hint of Coffee”

  1. Jodee Weiland February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am #

    What a great idea, MJ, and so pretty! This looks delicious. I love the mixture of coffee and chocolate. That has got to taste great. Thanks for sharing!

    • mj February 15, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Thanks so much Jodee! It is quite delicious and so easy to make. Thanks for sharing on G+!

  2. Cafe Cup May 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. It seems a lovely treat for Valentine’s Day. Nice post.

  3. cooking rookie February 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I was in awe of pots de creme until I tried one recipe and could not believe how easy it was to make. I love your addition of coffee. And the presentation is stunning!

  4. Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 15, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I would swoon if someone made me these gorgeous, luscious, creamy chocolate pots. I love the heartshaped chocolate cups too – so cute. And I’m totally onboard with the full fat cream – full fat all the way!

  5. Biren @ Tea Tattler February 14, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    What a gorgeous dessert, MJ! I love Green & Black chocolates and can imagine how delicious this must be. Great idea mixing up the different types of chocolates. Thanks for sharing these at Tea Tattle Thursday! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  6. fati's recipes February 14, 2013 at 4:42 am #

    MJ, when I saw these I was terribly excited to see the way you made the hearts for the creme… When you said they were store bought – I couldn’t help myself but but a set of six tiny heart-shaped pans to make the pots, and fill them with your recipe! :)
    The creme looks great, like it has the perfect texture. My pans are on their way being shipped, even if I make these, I know I couldn’t do them justice with the a photo – your photos are absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Sanjeeta kk February 14, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    Oh.my..how dd I miss this one..and I want, want those cute little chocolate cups. Lovely pictures, MJ…so now you have an in-house stylist as well ;) wonderful job.

  8. Heide M. February 13, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    I’ll have to try this.

  9. Debi Recipes For My Boys February 13, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures. They are great! I’m featuring these on week 73. Please stop by my blog and pick up my “featured on” button. <3 and hugs!

  10. Javelin Warrior February 13, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    These are so cute, MJ! And you’re right, it is super-simple. The real trick, as you pointed out, would be getting the right combo of cocoa percentages to balance out the bitter/sweet. I love the blend of dark and milk chocolate and the addition of coffee. I’m sure you had no problems finding a willing taste-tester ;) Thanks so much for sharing…

  11. Swathi February 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Great valentine dessert, chocolate and coffee who can say no to this.

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook February 12, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    MJ, this is one of the most beautiful chocolate treats I’ve seen this year on food blogs! I love these cute little heart shape so much. I wouldn’t believe the prep time is just 10 minutes! WHAT? Are you serious!!! No one will EVER think that I made this at last minute. ;) Beautiful photography too… I LOVE this post!

  13. Kankana February 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm #

    So very cute and that heart shape is a work of art!

  14. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking February 11, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I’ve been staring for at least 5 minutes at these gorgeous chocolate hearts. Tomorrow I’m going to World Market, they better have those chocolate cups! I’ll be dreaming about them tonight!
    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
    Thanks for bringing them to this month chocolate party, wish you actually mailed one or two directly to my house

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      Thanks Roxana! I hope you can find the cups! Sorry I can’t mail them. It would probably be one chocolate mess once it got there, but thanks for the order. :)

  15. Charles February 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

    Ah, this looks right up my alley! Rich, chocolatey – what could be better for the month of February! I have a couple of espresso cups, although I’m loving those chocolate cups you found… how delightful!

  16. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings February 11, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    this look great- So glad to be posting with you through the chocolate party :)

  17. Rita Bose February 11, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Yum! I love chocolate!! The chocolate pots look so delicious and cute!! Can’t wait to try it !!

  18. Amy Tong February 10, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Oh my…this is beautiful and so perfect for V-day celebration….or any day. As a chocolate lover, I’m happy to have this any day of the year. :P I love chocolate and coffee together. That’s just perfect flavor combination.

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 12:04 am #

      Thanks Amy! Glad to see there is another coffee and chocolate lover out there! It’s one of my favorites.

  19. Anne@FromMySweetHeart February 10, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    MJ…this dessert is stunning! I will have to keep my eye out for those heart shaped chocolate cups….but in the meanwhile….I think I can eat your luscious coffee and chocolate cream right out of the bowl! Beautiful photos….I am in awe! : )

    • mj February 11, 2013 at 12:03 am #

      Thanks Anne! I’m with you – it was hard not to just grab a spoon and eat rather than even pour it up. :)

  20. Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 10, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    MJ, these little pots are just gorgeous! I’m a chocolate fiend and love that it is an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing and congrats on winning.

  21. Chaya February 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    This is fantastic. Such a pretty dish. Kudos.

  22. Cindys Recipes and Writings February 9, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Beautiful MJ! Mouth-watering applause!

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