If you're looking to turn up the cozy factor this holiday season--and beyond, I've got just the thing to warm your insides and leave you smiling from ear to ear: the perfect cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate is one of those drinks that brings out the kid in us all and allows us to indulge in sweet, chocolate-ty goodness with reckless abandon (well, almost).
Although I've settled for the package mix blended with hot water before, when I'm wanting to really get my hot chocolate fix and enjoy a special indulgence, I start with the best ground chocolate I can find and add in a few special touches. The yield is sweet, chocolate, creamy decadence in a cup.
It's the perfect cup of hot chocolate, the perfect indulgence, and worthy of a toast or two!
The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate
Single serving measure of your favorite ground chocolate (*Recommended: Ghirardelli or other fine chocolate mix)
1 cup of milk
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
Marshmallows for garnish (optional)
Add milk and cinnamon stick to a small pot. Slowly heat milk over a medium heat, allowing the cinnamon to infuse the milk. As the milk begins to come to a slow boil, reduce the heat and stir in the chocolate, vanilla and sugar. Stir to thoroughly blend all the ingredients and continue heating for another 1-2 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.
Pour into your favorite mug, garnish with whipped cream, marshmallows and a fresh cinnamon stick. Enjoy!