Introduction: Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Thick rich hot chocolate is a commodity in seemingly short supply these days. With this in mind, I present to you this delicious recipe. This is the type of thick and rich hot chocolate that you typically would need to travel to Italy, Spain, France or Mexico to enjoy. Fortunately, with the help of this simple and elegant recipe, you can start enjoying thick, rich, life-altering, hot chocolate from the comfort of your own living room. Never drink mediocre hot chocolate ever again.

This hot chocolate goes great with these homemade marshmallows.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 4 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 Cups of dark bakers chocolate (crushed and/or grated).
- 2 Tbsp high quality cocoa powder

Possible flavor additions:
- Mint extract
- Orange blossom water
- Caramel sauce

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Step 2: Break the Chocolate

Grate and/or smash the chocolate into small bits.

Personally, I grate one bar and smash the other two by putting them inside two plastic bags and bashing them with a mallet.

I'm not sure if either technique is more beneficial, but I like to pretend that a mixture of both is ideal.

Step 3: Stir It Up

Pour the milk into a cooking pot. Thoroughly stir the cornstarch into the milk.

Step 4: Mix in the Chocolate

Heat the milk over a low flame and start by adding in a cup of heavy cream.

Next, add in the chocolate in small additions, stirring constantly. Keep adding chocolate until its thoroughly melted in.

Then add your high quality cocoa powder and stir for another minute.

Step 5: Boil

Raise the flame and bring the hot chocolate up to a slight boil.

As soon as it starts to boil, remove it from the flame and let it cool slightly.

Step 6: Serve Immediately

It's not called hot chocolate for nothin'.

As soon as it cools down slightly, serve it to all of your friends and family.

The richness of this hot chocolate recipe helps weed out the weak from the strong. You'll see.

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