|This also happens to be the best hot chocolate I've ever made!|
Hot chocolate is another topic subject to wildly different opinions. Most of us reach for the stuff in the packets from the grocery store when we want a cup. What could be easier? Tear off top of packet, pour in mug of hot water, and stir.
I have never liked packet hot chocolate made with water. It is always missing something. Before today, I would improve on the packets slightly by making it with hot milk instead of water. I've tried it with regular milk and almond milk- both are pretty good.
But today I tried an idea I saw on Pinterest. It was insanely easy, and I'll never make hot chocolate a different way again!
Most people I know keep a bag of chocolate chips hidden somewhere in their kitchens. I keep my stash in the freezer. My brand of choice is Ghirardelli. Hershey chocolate chips are no longer good enough. I know there are people who swear by Hershey's- for chocolate chips and cocoa powder. But honestly, I've done a lot of baking, and I prefer Ghirardelli. Its flavor is much more complex and deep.
So are you ready to make the easiest hot chocolate ever?
Grab a mug. Throw a handful of chocolate chips in the bottom. Fill the mug with milk (whatever kind on which you groove). Nuke for 1 minute, 20 seconds. Stir. If your chips aren't all the way melted yet, nuke about 15 seconds more. Drink.
Optional (but delicious) embellishments: Nuke it the last 30 seconds or so with a marshmallow on the top. After nuking it, add a shot or two of your favorite "adult beverage." After topping it with a marshmallow, use your husband's acetylene torch to toast the marshmallow. I may nor may not have done all of these things to the same mug of hot chocolate. :)