Hot Chocolate

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This is the first time I have ever had homemade hot chocolate.  And let me tell you, it is delicious!  This is the most chocolatey, rich, yummy hot chocolate I have ever had.  Now I just need to make some homemade marshmallows and we will be all set.  Until then, the store marshmallows will have to do.  I can’t think of a better beverage to enjoy with these frigid cold temperatures!

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Hot Chocolate Mix

from Annie’s Eats

Ingredients

2 vanilla beans
4 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 pounds good quality semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
9oz. good quality bittersweet chocolate
2 cups Dutch-process cocoa powder

Directions

Split and scrape the vanilla beans and place in a large bowl (or jar) with a lid. Mix in sugar and work vanilla beans in with your fingers. Bury the pods under the sugar and cover (tightly). Let stand overnight or up to several months at room temperature. When you are ready to use, remove the pods.

Use a food processor to combine the sugar, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and cocoa. Process in 4-second pulses until the chocolate is finely ground and all ingredients are well combined. You can store the mixture for up to 6 months in an airtight container!

To enjoy your hot chocolate, mix 2 tablespoons with 8oz. of warm milk. Stir until well blended.

Yields approximately 76, 2 tablespoon servings — I know that seems like a lot but you are going to love every bit of it!

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