There is something about hot chocolate that makes me feel extra cozy around this time of year. I personally would like to spend every morning or evening drinking hot chocolate. When it’s not tea, it’s hot chocolate. I get the best of both worlds.
▢ 4 cups whole milk
▢ 2 cups half and half
▢ 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
▢ 1 cup milk chocolate chips
▢ 1/3 cup granulated sugar
▢ 1/4 cup cocoa powder
▢ 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or extract of choice)
Place the pan/pot on the stovetop and heat it up. Combine all the ingredients in the pan/pot. Be sure to maintain the heat on medium-low and stir until all ingredients are combined. Ensure that the mixture does not boil over.
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
⅓ cup boiling water
3 ½ cups milk
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup half-and-half cream
Combine the cocoa, sugar, and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla—divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
I like to top my hot chocolate with marshmallow or whip cream. What are your favorite topping for your hot chocolate?