Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Scolding Hot Chocolate
by SuSu, MaceVindaloo

A Companion is among the highest placed on the social order. She may choose her customers, blacklist individuals, receive respect from every echelon of society. Yet some cannot see past the naughty, titillating realities of her profession, despite the grace she displays when doing anything from taking a spongebath to serving hot chocolate. Every detail of her existance shows her training as a guild Companion.

The crew and passengers of the spaceboat 'Serenity' were not counted among her clientele, but that didn't stop the lusting and pining of Jayne Cobb — the ship's merc — for Inara.

He'd attempt to spying on her if one of her customers was coming on board. Once, Jayne snuck into her shuttle, which she kept as her chamber, when it was empty but "prepared." To his surprised, he found she'd prepared a delicious smelling hot chocolate, rich with real chocolate and not cocoa powder. What's more, Inara had floated elegant little mini-marshmallows in the hot liquid. So tempted was he that he risked touching his finger to one of the marshmallows. It stuck to his digit and he carefully put it to his lips ... it was sublime!

Feeling guilty, he quickly hid ... but when she and her client didn't show up immediately, he snuck in again, and snitched another chocolate-imbued marshmallow. Then another ... and another ... again ... and again ...

At last, he was caught, because Inara came back to find one lone marshmallow floating in the hot chocolate. The client was quite upset at what he took to be Inara's skimpiness. Fortunately, she had more marshmallows and was able to convince him that the beverage was better with marshmallows added in increments.

Later, she scolded Jayne, "If you'd taken ALL the marshmallows, he never would have known there were supposed to be marshmallows in that drink! Next time, take all or nothing ... better yet, stay out of my shuttle!"

  • 1 quart / 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup chocolate morsels
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup rum, or to taste
  • mini-marshmallows
In a heavy bottomed pot, heat up the milk to just before simmering. Add the chocolate, honey, sugar, salt. Stir till the chocolate is melted, and whisk to mix well. Turn off the heat and add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Pour the rum evenly into four cups, or as much or as little as you prefer. Pour the hot chocolate even into the cups. Top with mini-marshmallows. Serves 4.

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