Best Homemade Hot Chocolate

Adapted from the recipe by Joanne Ozug, www.fifteenspatulas.com.

As the author wrote about this recipe, “This rich and creamy hot chocolate has intense chocolate flavor and is super easy to make.”

START TO FINISH: 15 minutes

SERVINGS: 2

INGREDIENTS:
2 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 70 percent cocoa chocolate bar, chopped
Splash pure vanilla extract
Optional toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, chocolate shavings, crushed peppermint candy

DIRECTIONS:
1. Combine milk and sugar in a small saucepan and place on stovetop over medium heat.
2. While milk is heating, place chopped chocolate in the microwave and heat and stir in 30 second intervals until just melted.
3. When the milk reaches the scalding point (180 degrees, with bubbles on the side), turn off the heat and add the melted chocolate, whisking to combine. Add vanilla extract and toppings of your choice.

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