It’s slowly inching up on that time of year again – the time when hot chocolate is the drink of choice and nothing says a cozy and inviting kitchen like a nice, steaming cup waiting on the counter. While my children have been known to use a mix for a quick hot cocoa as they fly out the door in the morning, for the more leisurely moments it’s nice to make the real thing. Here is a recipe for a super-rich hot chocolate that can be made for those special family occasions.
4 cups half–and-half or whole milk
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon corn syrup
Whipped cream for the top (this should not be considered optional!)
In a heavy saucepan, combine half-and-half and chocolates. Stir in corn syrup. Cook, stirring or whisking constantly, over a low-medium heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream. Serves 4 to 6, depending on the size of the mugs and the appetites!