Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke, Jan Gautro
Yield
8 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup chocolate and 2 tablespoons marshmallows)

"My father makes this hot chocolate accented with Mexican spices. We use good-quality chocolate our cousins bring from San Francisco. The leftovers are great chilled." -KKD

How to Make It

Combine 1 cup milk and cocoa in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Combine remaining 5 cups milk, chocolate, sugar, nutmeg, and 2 cinnamon sticks in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Add cocoa mixture to pan. Cook 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated and chocolate is melted, stirring frequently. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard solids. Serve with marshmallows. Garnish with ground red pepper and cinnamon sticks, if desired.

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