Chocolate pairs well with several food items, and most of us crave for this mildly bitter product of cocoa beans. Search for chocolate flavored drinks, sweet goodies, and desserts and they are there. You have chocolate cookies, candies, ice cream, cake, and the list goes on. This time, you can try having chocolate flavored wine. For some, chocolate and wine mixture is nothing more than an unusual drink, while others love to have it on any occasion. Here, we shall focus on calories in this decadent delight, and how to make this tasty treat on your own.
Calories in Chocolate Wine
Even those who are not fond of alcoholic beverages crave for this slight bitter, chocolate flavored concoction. But as with any type of tasty drinks, what concerns health conscious people is the calorie count of chocolate wine. The calories in chocolate-flavored wine vary, based on types of red wine and chocolate types that you have used in the wine recipe. In one full glass serving of chocolate flavored wine (having 15 percent alcohol strength), the calorie count is expected to be about 300-400 calories.
Remember that the amount of calories in alcohol or wines is nearly the same as that of fat. For comparison, the calorie content per gram of alcohol counts to 7 calories, while it is a bit higher in fat (about 9 calories per gram). Hence, the more wine you add in chocolate flavored wine, the more will be the amount of calories. In simpler words, people who are watching their waistline should limit the intake of chocolate wine (or any other wine beverage) to maintain their weight within the healthy range.
Chocolate Wine Recipe
Chocolate flavored wine is something that you can serve as dessert wine in parties and special occasions. And your guests will love this mild alcohol beverage blended with rich chocolate. Any regular, full-bodied red wine serves excellent for making chocolate flavored wine. For health purposes, dark chocolate is favored over cocoa extract and white chocolate. Indeed the possibilities are endless with chocolate wine pairing. You can make a complete health beverage, yet a frothy drink out of Dutch chocolate and red wine.
Coming to the preparation of this chocolate flavored wine, making it is as easy as mixing chocolate and wine of your favorite choices (whey wine and fruit wine serve the best). There is nothing that you can go wrong with preparing this tasty beverage, except for deciding the main ingredient (either wine or chocolate). So, even if you are making chocolate wine for the first time, you will definitely make a tasty drink with your favorite wine. All you need is adding specific amounts of wine and dark chocolate to get the desired flavor. This tastes best when served immediately.
- A simple chocolate wine recipe comprises the mixture of 300 ml red wine and 150 g melted dark chocolate.
- In a heat safe saucepan, pour the wine and warm over low heat setting.
- Allow the liquid to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the quantity reduces to about half of the original amount.
- Remove the pan from the heat and whisk the wine together with melted chocolate. You can make use of a hand blender to mix wine and chocolate.
- Mix for 3-4 minutes or until you get a frothy drink. Pour the wine in individual serving glasses, and serve.
To enjoy richly flavored healthy drinks, you can probably try chocolate wine recipe with raspberry wine, blueberry wine, or ordinary cherry wine. Whether you need a beverage with greater alcohol strength or a strongly flavored chocolate wine, it is up to you. You just need to experiment with the quantities of ingredients added in the recipe, until you get the desired taste.