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Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Rebecca Donnelly
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 6 mins
Steep time 30 mins
Yield Makes 4 cups
Add a little spice to traditional hot chocolate. With fresh ginger, cloves, and cinnamon sticks, Gingerbread Hot Chocolate will become your new favorite holiday beverage.

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Garnish: mini marshmallows

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in an 8- x 10-inch piece of cheesecloth; pull edges together, and tie to secure.

  2. Heat milk and spice bundle in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring just to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 30 minutes.

  3. Remove spice bundle from milk. Heat milk mixture over medium-low heat until hot. Add brown sugar; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar melts. Add chocolate, stirring until chocolate melts. Stir in vanilla. Serve warm; garnish, if desired.