It only takes two ingredients and two steps to make the richest, creamiest hot chocolate you've ever had, without ever opening a powdery mix. Instead, just reach into your fridge for whatever kind of milk you like and grab a handful of chocolate chips. You'll have a steaming hot cup of cocoa in minutes.
Things You'll Need
1 cup of milk
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (a scant quarter cup), store-bought or homemade
Step 1: Warm the Milk
In a small saucepan, warm your milk over medium heat. Stir often to keep it from boiling and scorching, otherwise you'll get "pudding skin" on top.
It's better to use the stove because you can keep an eye on the milk to avoid boiling, but a microwave would work as a second choice. Just heat in 30 second intervals until hot -- 60 to 90 seconds total.
Step 2: Stir in Chocolate Chips
Turn the heat off and quickly use your whisk to stir in the chocolate chips.
For more flavor variations, add the zest of an orange, a pinch of instant espresso powder or a sprig of fresh mint. It's already very rich as it is but optional toppings include the classics: marshmallows, whipped cream or a drizzle of chocolate over either one.