Milk Chocolate Soup with Cake Croutons

Milk Chocolate Soup with Cake Croutons on www.veryculinary.com

by Amy Flanigan on February 11, 2014 · 27 comments

I hated living in the snow – the beauty of it just wasn’t a fair enough trade for the hassle.

I complained all the time. Paul loved that.

A long time ago, we actually entertained the idea of moving to Oregon or Washington, but guess what? I don’t like rain, either. 

California really is the best place for me. So, when we moved back, he said to me, “You’re not allowed to bitch about the cold ever again!”

Milk Chocolate Soup with Pound Cake Croutons on www.veryculinary.com

We were *this* close to an emergency drought situation, until a few days ago when we got our fill. As much as I know we desperately needed it, at day three I was chirping, and Paul said, “You’re not allowed to complain about the weather, remember?!” And I said, “No. You said I couldn’t complain about the cold.”

I could never be married to me.

But I took advantage of being cooped up in the house by cleaning out my closet, baking a pie, and making soup.

Chocolate soup.

Milk Chocolate Soup with Pound Cake Croutons on www.veryculinary.com

Surely, he can endure me whining when I give him this ^^^.

Now that seems like a perfectly fair trade.

Milk Chocolate Soup with Cake Croutons
Serves 8
Prep time: 20 minutes
Chill time: 2 hours

Ingredients
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 3 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 4 cups whole milk
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 cup milk chocolate chips
• 4 slices (1/2-inch each) frozen pound cake, thawed
• 3 teaspoons Crisco shortening

Directions
In a medium pot, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in 3 cups of the milk. Over medium heat, cook and stir until thickened and bubbly, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and 2/3 cup of the chocolate chips; stir until melted and smooth.

Transfer soup to a large bowl; cover the surface with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours (and up to 24.)

For the cake croutons, arrange slices on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees, turning once, until browned. Let cool; cut slices into 1/2-inch cubes.

Place remaining 1/3 cup chocolate chips and the shortening in a small bowl and microwave on medium for about 1 minute, stirring once, until melted. Mix to combine.

To serve, stir remaining 1 cup of milk into the soup; ladle into bowls and top with the croutons. Drizzle melted chocolate on top.

(slightly adapted from Better Homes and Gardens)

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Stephanie February 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Ummm…chocolate soup? Really? Surely because the word “soup” is in this recipe, it’s healthy. Right? Right. ::drooooooool::

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Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I wish I was in CA rather than CT right now. SO sick of snow and cold.
I surely wouldn’t mind to hear you complain if you served me this decadent soup! I’ve never heard of such a thing…brilliant. Sheer brilliance. It looks delicious. :)

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Amy @Very Culinary February 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Yep, I remember around February 1st being so done with the cold. I will try and send some warmth your way. You have to make the soup yourself, but it’s totally worth it! Thanks, Tina!

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Dani H February 12, 2014 at 7:54 pm

{{Please excuse me while I wipe drool off my keyboard….}}

This has got to be THE BEST right after pie and donuts! I’m ashamed to admit I never would have thought of chocolate soup! Aren’t my grandkids gonna be happy! {smile}

*Hugs* & Happy Valentine’s Day! (almost}

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Amy @Very Culinary February 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Hee hee! Thanks, Dani! (((hugs))) <3

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Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out February 11, 2014 at 8:33 pm

You want to know what’s really sad? Alex wants us to move FARTHER NORTH. I’m going to need some dessert reinforcements for this, that’s for sure. Thank goodness you’ve got me covered.

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Whaaaaaat? Your mother will never allow it!

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Joanne February 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

The.Boy complains about the weather MUCH more than I do…which is crazy because I’m the one who is always cold. But I think running in 5 degree weather has made me much more appreciative of 10 degrees. It’s all relative.

WHY CAN’T ALL SOUP HAVE CHOCOLATE IN IT?! That is my question.

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

After living in MN all those years, 30 degrees seemed warm to me. But I’ve since acclimated and now I’m a big baby when the temps drop below 72. I seriously was meant to live in the desert.

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Carla February 11, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I can add this soup to my menu plan and totally call it dinner, right?

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Totally acceptable!

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kristy @ the wicked noodle February 11, 2014 at 4:53 pm

You always make the most fun treats! Love this chocolate soup – making for my girls for sure!!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Funny, I always think that about your creations!

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Jude February 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

Chocolate soup with cake croutons. BRILLIANT.
The next time I have a super stressful day in the beige cube, THIS will be on my dinner menu.

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Haha! I actually said to Paul, “Wait until Jude sees this recipe!” You and chocolate…

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Anna @ Garnish with Lemon February 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hmmm, I make this, and I’m pretty sure I have a lock on the next Mom of the Year award!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Absolutely! I scored major points with mine!

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Melissa February 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

Mmmmm. I want.

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I so wish I could handle deliver a bowl to you….

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Mom February 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

Soup……You’ve got to be kidding!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

So, does that mean you’re not going to make it? Lol ;-)

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Rebecca {foodie with family} February 11, 2014 at 8:30 am

My kids would think they had died and gone to heaven if I made this for them! This is so stinking clever it hurts!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Thanks, Bec!! <3

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Jett Whitfield February 11, 2014 at 6:44 am

This sounds delicious! My kind of meal!!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Thanks, Jett!

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Angie | Big Bear's Wife February 11, 2014 at 6:41 am

I would live off of this soup!!

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Amy @Very Culinary February 11, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Me too, Angie!

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