This is my family’s hot chocolate recipe.
We have it when the weather gets chilly. We have it when we’re looking for a little something sweet along with breakfast. We have it when we visit my parents’ cabin, where my mom taught each of the kids to make it so that she can get up to a piping hot cup of chocolate in the morning. Well played, Mom.
I feel like I’ve been starting every post lately with some sort of mention that it’s now fall. Cooler weather. Almost sweater-time (almost…we’re usually well into our sweaters now except that yesterday it was NINETY DEGREES here. In October. I feel cheated. And I’m really going to regret this in May, but currently I’m feeling all Veruca Salt and I want a sweater NOW!)
However. The calendar says it’s fall and I say that’s reason enough to start up with the hot drinks and the having chocolate all the livelong day, even first thing in the morning.
I think it’s best to make this in a saucepan, whisking your chocolate and milk together into a yummy, delicious hot chocolaty froth. And it takes less time than you think — fewer than five minutes for the whole thing to be done. But in a pinch, you can also make it in a mug — put the chocolate chips in the bottom, add the milk, microwave it for two minutes, and use a handheld milk frother to mix everything up. If you think a milk frother is a frivolous kitchen appliance for which you have no use, you are so wrong. You will use it for this. If you use it for nothing else in your life, this is enough.
Serve it with marshmallows. Or whipped cream. Or my new favorite thing — whipped cream with sprinkles of orange peel. Heaven
- 2 c milk (you can use any, but whole milk delivers the best taste)
- 2 Tb semisweet chocolate chips
- whipped cream or marshmallows
- Pour milk and chocolate chips into small saucepan.
- Heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly with a wire whisk, until chocolate is melted.
- Serve in a mug, topped with marshmallows or whipped cream.