Make it Monday: Hot Chocolate

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I’m not a huge coffee fan (I know, I’m weird) so when the weather gets cold, hot chocolate is my go-to drink. Now, the powdered mixes are “ok” but not as good as my homemade hot chocolate. Except maybe the Starbucks hot chocolate mix that costs 4-5 times as much as the other stuff. And this stuff is pretty quick to prepare also.

For this awesome hot chocolate, you need:

2 TBSP sugar

2 TBSP cocoa powder

1/4 cup water

1 1/2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

whipped cream or marshmallows (I prefer whipped cream)

In a large mug, mix together sugar, cocoa and water until it makes a runny chocolate syrup. Heat in the microwave about 30 seconds to melt the sugar. Add the milk, stir and heat another minute and a half.

Finally, add the vanilla extract and stir. If you have an electric stirrer, this is a good time to use it to make it frothy! Top with whipped cream or marshmallows and enjoy!

Tip: For peppermint hot cocoa, either substitute the vanilla with 1/2 tsp peppermint extract or omit the sugar and reduce water to 2 TBSP and add 2 TBSP Torani peppermint syrup after heating the milk.


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