Hot Cocoa for Two

It is a hot-cocoa-kind-of-day. The snow is heavy, the skies are grey and the air is frigid. It looks beautiful outside, but this evening we will enjoy the winter wonderland through the window from our cozy couch by the fire. The perfect addition to our conversation and cooing baby is a large mug of decadent hot cocoa.

Here is how I whipped up a batch:

In a medium pot, add and whisk together:

  • splash of milk
  • 2 heaping tbs brown sugar
  • 2 heaping tbs cocoa

Now that you have a paste, turn on the burner to med heat and add:

  • handful of dark chocolate chips
  • 2.5 cups of milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • small sprinkle of cayenne pepper
  • small dash of cinnamon

Whisk this all together until hot. Pour into mugs, snuggle up and enjoy. Garnish this with a good conversation and smiles =)

Note: making the paste first allows everything to be incorporated without lumps of cocoa. A good way to measure the amount of milk you need is to poor the milk in your mug first, then add it to the pot.

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