Ultimate Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups milk
- 1 cinnamon stick, 6 sprigs fresh mint, or 2 split vanilla bean (optional)
- 10 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces
- Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
Heat milk to scalding in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, mint, or vanilla, if desired. Let steep 10 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat; strain, and return to saucepan. Reheat milk; using a whisk, stir in chocolate until melted and milk is frothy. Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream garnished with chocolate shavings, if desired.