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Delta Hot Chocolate

Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Yield Makes about 7 cups
Martha likes to garnish individual servings with toasted marshmallows.


  • 1 qt. milk
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 (3-oz.) bars bittersweet chocolate, chopped

How to Make It

  1. Cook first 4 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or just until milk begins to steam. (Do not boil.) Remove from heat. Remove and discard cinnamon sticks. Whisk in cocoa, sugar, and vanilla, whisking until blended.

  2. Cook over low heat 5 minutes. Add chocolate, whisking until blended. Keep warm over low heat.