6 servings

Hot chocolate made by melting solid chocolate is richer and creamier than hot chocolate made from cocoa. It is a luscious way to begin the day.

  • 6 cups whole or low-fat milk
  • 9 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream for garnish (optional)
In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, sugar and chocolate over medium heat, stirring constantly. When the chocolate is melted and the mixture is nearly boiling, remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Pour the hot chocolate into mugs. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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