Dark, milk, or a combination of both can be used, depending on your preference. Choose your favorite type of milk, whether it's whole milk, almond milk, soy milk.
Adjust sweetness to your liking with sugar, honey, or maple syrup. You can enhance vanilla extract. Consider topping whipped cream or a handful of marshmallows.
Select your favorite chocolate or cocoa powder. Dark chocolate provides a deeper, intense flavor, while milk chocolate offers a sweeter, creamier taste.
Warm the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally to prevent it from scalding. For a creamier texture, use a combination of milk and cream.
Incorporate the chocolate into the warm milk. If using a chocolate bar, chop it into small pieces for easier melting. For cocoa powder, whisk it into the milk until smooth.
Add your preferred sweetener gradually. This allows you to tailor the sweetness to your liking. Remember, you can always add more sweetness, but you can't take it away.
For an extra layer of flavor, add a splash of vanilla extract. This subtle addition elevates the overall taste of your hot chocolate.
If desired, whip up some fresh cream or grab a handful of marshmallows. These toppings not only enhance the presentation but also add a delightful element of indulgence.
Pour your hot chocolate into your favorite mug, top it with whipped cream or marshmallows, and savor the warmth and richness. Pair it with your favorite winter treats.