This is another one of those fabulous things that you just have to have around the holidays. It's creamy, chocolatey and just warms your soul.
And it's so chocolatey! So rich and yummy! I made one batch for gifts to friends and then had to make a second batch because my husband really hates it when I make things for other people and don't save any for him.
2 vanilla beans
4 cups granulated sugar
1½ lbs. good quality semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cups Dutch process cocoa powder
Split and scrape the vanilla beans. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the vanilla beans, sugar, semisweet and Dutch process cocoa powder. Process in 4-second pulses until the chocolate is very finely ground and the mixture is well combined. Store the mix in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
Combine 2 tablespoons cocoa mix with 8 oz. of very warm milk and stir to combine until well blended.
This is so wonderful and rich all by itself. Perfect for a cold wintery night. Or..
Topped off with a little whipped cream. This is the stuff from the red can but feel free to make your own. This was just easier. Or...
Top with Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows! They melt a little and are just divine.
Either way, it's going to be one of the best cups of hot chocolate you've ever had. Promise.