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Hot Chocolate Recipe Tips

Just a note: this isn't a recipe as much as tips on making hot chocolate:

  1. Use milk (or soy milk for vegans). Please don't use water unless the hot chocolate milk has milk powder/fat mixed in already (in which case, desist from using it altogether). I tend to use 1% milk since that's what I have lying around the house. I prefer 2% milk for hot chocolate in general. Whole milk makes the drink a little too rich for my taste.
  2. Heat up the milk in a saucepan. Places like Williams-Sonoma will happily sell you a cast iron "hot chocolate pot" for $99. *rolls eyes* I'm fine with using a stainless steel pot. I prefer milk that is heated to just below boiling. There will be another blog forthcoming on the different ways of heating milk
  3. Make sure you froth up the drink with a hand mixer or a proper mexican molinillo if you happen to have one lying around
  4. If you are using good hot chocolate, please do not dump in whipped cream or marshmallows. They just detract from the taste. If you are using Swiss Miss or Nestle, go for it -- after all, I need my sugar rush sometimes, too

However, to quote Theodore Roosevelt: "Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."

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