You can use chocolate milk in waffles just as you would regular milk, but don't expect a dense chocolate flavor. Chocolate milk contains just enough cocoa powder to give your waffles a subtle chocolate taste and brown color. For really chocolatey waffles, add some extra cocoa powder in addition to the chocolate milk.
Chocolate milk typically contains cocoa powder, sugar and possibly corn syrup or oil. Using it will make the waffles sweeter and add a mild chocolate flavor, but may change the texture slightly. Sugar and corn syrup, for example, may make the waffles a bit softer. Use chocolate milk at the same rate you'd use regular milk -- about 1 cup of milk for each 1 to 1 1/2 cups of flour. One cup of chocolate milk contains about 24 grams of sugar, so you can cut down on the added sugar in the recipe. Use commercial chocolate milk or make your own by combining chocolate syrup with milk or buttermilk at a rate of one part milk to one part syrup.
More Chocolate Taste
For a richer chocolate taste and darker color, sift a bit of cocoa powder into the flour before you add the chocolate milk. Cocoa powder is made by pressing cocoa liquor to get cocoa butter and fat-free solids. These ingredients are then dried and ground to make cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is unsweetened and has a deep, bitter chocolate flavor. Just a few tablespoons makes a big impact in waffles. Add a tablespoon or two of sugar to the recipe to counteract the bitter flavor of the unsweetened chocolate.
Which Milk to Use
In general, it's always best to use whole milk -- including chocolate milk -- in baking, according to Cindy Mushet, author of "The Art & Soul of Baking." The fat in whole milk adds tenderness to baked goods, including waffles. Using low-fat or skim chocolate milk may result in waffles that are slightly tougher.
Make It Special
Adding chocolate milk to waffles makes for a fun and festive breakfast treat, but don't stop there. Top chocolate waffles with whipped cream, chocolate chips or chocolate syrup to really amp it up. Try chocolate waffles topped with strawberries or raspberries for a dish that's as pretty as it is delicious.
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