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Rich, Creamy Hot Chocolate

Ingredients
  

  • Hot Chocolate:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbs confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Before you begin, place your metal bowl and whisk in the freezer so it has time to get cold
  • For the Hot Chocolate:
  • In a saucepan, heat the water until it comes to a boil.
  • Combine the sugar, salt and cocoa powder in with the boiling water.
  • Whisk the mixture until it becomes a "syrup" like consistency and let it come to a gentle boil for a minute or so, until very hot. BE CAREFUL that it doesn't scorch!
  • Pour in the milk and half and half.
  • Add vanilla and heat until very hot (not boiling).
  • Take it off heat, let it cool and drink up!
  • For the Whipped Cream:
  • Take your metal bowl and whisk attachment out of the freezer and attach it to your stand mixer.
  • Whip the heave cream on high-speed for 2 mins or until stiff peaks form.
  • Combine the sugar and vanilla and beat some more until light and fluffy.
  • *Be careful to not over-beat because it will get very stiff.