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Ditch the Mix! 3-Minute Homemade Hot Chocolate

There are few things as comforting as a warm mug of hot chocolate — it’s a simple treat that can brighten a mood and bring a smile in seconds. But pre-made hot chocolate mix has a lot in it besides just sugar and chocolate, and it’s super sweet to boot. So I decided to make my own. And you know what? It’s a snap to make ultra-rich, decadent homemade hot chocolate in minutes. So what are you waiting for? Ditch the mix and start spreading the love!

To boost the flavor naturally, I made my hot chocolate with maple syrup, but sugar is also fine. I also used rich Dutch-process cocoa, though any kind of cocoa will do.

3-Minute Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

1 cup milk
3 tablespoons dark Dutch process cocoa
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

In a small sauce pan, heat the milk over medium heat. Whisk in all of the remaining ingredients. Continue whisking until milk is steamy*. Serve immediately with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or a few marshmallows.

*For an even more decadent hot chocolate, drop in a square of your favorite bittersweet chocolate.

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