I am so excited to write this post, because it features two of my favourite things … art and chocolate! The reason I’m featuring the two of these things together today, is because I recently received some beautiful gifts from the illustrator, Daniel Mackie, which included some lovely coasters and cards from his range, The DM Collection.
I first discovered his artwork in a shop in Totness, where I was browsing and came across his card prints. I instantly fell in love with the unique beauty of his designs, the intricate, delicate elements within each illustration and their bold, vibrant colours. I was completely enchanted by the way the details within each animal were able to convey their own story, and I was in awe of every piece of his artwork.
So, when he got in touch and offered to send me some of his work to feature on my blog, I couldn’t have been happier! I was so grateful, and I really couldn’t wait to share some of his amazing work with you. His products are stocked throughout the UK in over 350 retailers, and you can buy them online here. He also sells prints and notebooks. Aren’t the cards and coasters beautiful? I really love the hedgehog.
As soon as my gifts arrived and I saw the coasters, I knew I had to feature them alongside a recipe of mine. I had been wanting to share my hot chocolate recipe for some time now, and I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to do so!
For the hot chocolate recipe, I heated some almond milk with vanilla powder, and added in some 67% dark chocolate chips from Real Food Source – that are sweetened with coconut sugar. Then, I simply stirred it all together and poured the hot chocolate into a glass.
To finish the drink, I topped it with some vegan ‘whipped cream’ – Soy Whip! It was the first time I’d tried it before, and I couldn’t wait to use it with my hot chocolate. It tasted just like marshmallow – and it was incredibly addictive! Its sweetness balanced out with the dark flavour of the hot chocolate, and it added just the right amount of decadence – especially with an extra sprinkle of chocolate chips and some cinnamon on top.
I would say this recipe serves 1-2, depending on how much chocolate you’re craving. It’s perfect for the wintery months, or when you just need something chocolatey. I hope you enjoy it!
To find out more about the DM Collection or to view his range of products, please visit his website here:
rich hot chocolate
1 cup (250ml) almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
4 tbsp dark chocolate chips – I used Real Food Source’s 67% sweetened with coconut sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
soy whip, to top
cinnamon, to top
extra chocolate chips, to top
- Pour the milk into a small pan and place onto a low-medium heat. Add in the vanilla and stir together. Heat through for about 1-2 minutes until hot. Then, remove the milk from the heat and add in the chocolate chips. Stir everything together until the chocolate has completely melted.
- When this is done, pour the hot chocolate into a glass to serve, and top with some soy whip, cinnamon and chocolate chips.