Notes: After using the vanilla bean, rinse it, let dry, and store airtight to use again. Use a vegetable peeler to pare orange peel and make chocolate curls.
2 cups milk
1 vanilla bean (6 or 7 in.)
4 strips orange peel (orange part only), each about 2 inches long
3/4 cup chopped semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons purchased caramel, butterscotch, or fudge sauce (or 1 tablespoon each of any 2)
About 1/2 cup whipped cream
Semisweet chocolate curls
How to Make It
In a 1- to 2-quart pan, combine milk, vanilla bean, and orange peel. Warm over low heat to blend flavors, about 15 minutes, stirring often; do not boil. Discard orange peel; remove vanilla bean and save (see notes).
Add chopped chocolate and caramel sauce to hot milk; stir over low heat until chocolate melts.
Pour hot chocolate into mugs (about 8 oz.), top with equal portions of whipped cream, and sprinkle with chocolate curls. Serve with spoons.