Everyone needs a warm drink to get you through the declining temperatures, coffee is nice but I can’t have that much caffeine per day and there is nothing wrong with a warm cup of tea. But every once in a while you crave something from your childhood, something that is warm and inviting, when I get that craving only one thing comes to mind: hot chocolate. However, am I the only one who thinks that the packaged stuff does not taste like it use to? What I once remember as a warm and inviting chocolatey treat, now tastes like water with a little cocoa powder in it. So I developed this recipe for those cold nights where nothing can warm you up like a hot drink and nothing will ever warm you up as much as fond childhood memories.

Warning: This recipe is thick, rich, and extremely chocolatey, if you enjoy a more mild hot chocolate feel free to add more milk or pour a little in to your coffee.

Simple and Delicious Hot Chocolate

Prep time: 20 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

4 cups milk (I use 2% but whatever you have on hand works)

3/4 cup white granulated sugar

4 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 cup milk chocolate (You can use chocolate chips, a candy bar, anything really)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and turn the element to medium-low heat.

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2. The cocoa powder will float to the top, so you will need to continuously stir until the mixture becomes smooth. This process will take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending.

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3. Continue stirring for another 5-10 minutes until all chocolate is melted, any clumps have disappeared, and the mixture is heated through. Do not bring it to a boil, you want everything to be smooth and a whole bunch of steam to be coming off of the hot chocolate, that’s how you know its ready. Pour and serve!

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