This is the perfect hot chocolate. It is rich, creamy, and delicious, and will put you in a cozy, wintry state of mind.
First day back at work after the holiday? Yeah, I feel that pain. May I suggest clinging to the holiday season with some decadent hot chocolate?
Even though a good portion of the country has been unseasonably warm lately, it’s finally in the 30s in Western Pennsylvania (where our families live). In addition to avoiding the return to reality, this little bit of chilly weather is as good an excuse as any for enjoying this easy, perfect hot chocolate.
You’ll need (makes 2 large mugs):
- 3 cups milk of choice (I’ve used 2% and almond milk, both worked very well)
- 2-3 oz. dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- 2 tbs cocoa powder
- 2 tbs granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- whipped cream, more mini marshmallows, and a cinnamon stick (optional, but highly recommended)
In a medium sauce pan, heat the milk over medium heat until bubbles just begin to appear around the edges.
Add the dark chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk occasionally until everything is melted and combined.
Add the cup of mini marshmallows and whisk until they melt into the hot cocoa. You won’t believe how ridiculously thick and creamy this makes the hot chocolate.
Ladle it into mugs and top with whipped cream, more marshmallows, and a cinnamon stick, if desired.
Snuggle up under some blankets (preferably with a cuddly dog or two) and sip away on this hot chocolate!