2 ounces chopped chocolate: milk, semi-sweet or dark chocolate all work
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 – 1/3 cup coconut sugar (depending on your sweetness preference)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional: cinnamon Sticks, star anise, peppermint extract, etc.
Add all of the ingredients, except the chopped chocolate, to a medium sized pot. Heat until it reaches a simmer (don’t boil!) Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1-2 minutes. Remove the cinnamon sticks or star anise, if using, before moving onto step 2
Add the chopped chocolate into the simmering milk mixture and stir in until melted.
Ladle the hot chocolate into 4 mugs.
Top with desired topping such as whipped cream or marshmallows and a sprinkle of cinnamon or cocoa powder. Serve warm!
Recipe Development + Food Photography by Jessica Reynolds-Corden from Jessica Eats.