How To Make The Perfect Hot Cocoa — With Real Chocolate

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Hot cocoa is all well and good. A mug is a great way to satisfy your after-dinner chocolate cravings. And, cupping the warm mug between your hands after playing in the snow or shoveling the driveway is simply heavenly.
Drinking chocolate this is not. More like drink-up-able. Whole milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and luscious dark chocolate (the best you have — you'll only be using 1 oz) liquefy together over low heat — a whole new kind of holy trinity unites before your eyes to become what is undoubtedly the perfect hot chocolate. It's chilly out there, so drink up!
Hot Chocolate
Serves 1
Ingredients
1 oz semisweet or dark chocolate
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup milk
2 tbsp granulated sugar (optional, to taste)
1 pinch salt
Instructions
1. In a small saucepan, mix the chocolate, cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of the milk over low heat. Stir continuously until the chocolate is completely melted.
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2. Add the rest of the milk and the salt. Stir, then allow to heat the rest of the way through. Stir in sugar to taste.
3. Pour into a mug and top with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.