- Yield: 2 cups
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
Real Hot Chocolate
Just two ingredients--milk and chocolate--are all you need to make this delicious comfort drink. Once you experience real hot chocolate, you'll never want to go back to the powdered mix. You can add a whole variety of extras to this recipe depending on what kind of hot chocolate you like. We've listed a few like vanilla and mint below, but feel free to experiment!
- 4 cups whole milk
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 6 ounces dark chocolate (60%)
- Salt to taste
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 teaspoon chile powder (optional)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon mint extract (optional)
Pour milk, sugar, and any of your extra ingredients (vanilla, cinnamon, etc.) in a medium saucepan, and heat on Low. Bring the milk to a gentle simmer--be careful not to burn it. Allow to steep for about 10 minutes.
Pour water into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once the water starts to boil, drop the heat to a simmer and set a stainless steel or glass bowl inside. Place the chocolate inside the bowl and heat until melted.
Heat the milk up to Medium Low and add the chocolate. Stir until they're completely combined and the drink is hot (hence, hot chocolate). Add a pinch of salt as a last step. Serve with whipped cream, marshmallows, or whatever else your heart desires.