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#Make The Perfect Cup of Hot Chocolate

Thursday, June 19, 2014

It may seem odd that I am resurrecting my blog with a post about making hot chocolate, especially in June.

But the fact that it isn't 30 degrees outside shouldn't deter you from reading further. Please, continue. Then bookmark/pin this post for next winter. You'll be glad you did!

Recipe for Perfect Hot Chocolate

Step 1:
Open kitchen cabinet and throw away ALL packets of hot cocoa mix! Compost them, shred them—just get rid of them!

Step 2:
Gather ingredients (and an adorable helper). You'll need:
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 tbsp malted milk powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup your favorite semisweet chocolate chips
Step 3:
In a saucepan, combine almond milk, half-and-half, malted milk powder, sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn heat down to low.

Step 4 (the most important step, so pay attention!):
Slowly add the cocoa  powder by straining it through a sifter (I use silicon spoon to press the powder through). This not only prevents clumping, but it also gives my favorite hot beverage a richer flavor. Stir until completely dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the chocolate chips. Stir until completely melted.

Step 5:
Pour into mugs, filling each cup halfway (leave room for whipped topping!).

Step 6:
Add marshmallows or fresh whipped cream.
Don't forget a pinch of cinnamon!

Step 7:

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