For a while, we've been making our own chocolate sauce for ice cream and hot chocolate. Recently, however, I wanted to try a Food Network recipe for "The Best Hot Chocolate." It was good - but it was quite rich! So the second time I made it, I tweaked the recipe. The kids and Hubby LOVED it! I did, too, because it was smooth, mild, and perfectly chocolaty. Try it!
3 cups whole milk
1 cup half and half
1/8 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)
Heat milk and half and half in saucepan (don't boil). Combine cocoa and sugar in a small bowl. Spoon out some hot milk and mix with the cocoa/sugar until it's a nice slurry. Add this into the saucepan and stir well. Continue to heat and stir about 2 minutes until everything is incorporated. Add vanilla, if desired. This makes 4 good cups of hot chocolate, 5 if you have slightly smaller servings which is what we do.
Don't forget the smosh-mallows! My little Eme calls them that, and I refuse to correct her. :-)