Vanilla Hot Chocolate

You can enhance the richness of pure hot chocolate by infusing the milk with natural flavor such as vanilla.

  • Servings: 4
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Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 1995


  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 vanilla beans, split
  • 10 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces


  1. Combine milk and split vanilla beans in a saucepan; scald milk over medium-low heat. Remove from heat, and take out vanilla beans. Scrape the seeds from the beans into the milk, discarding the pods. Stir, then let stand covered for 5 to 10 minutes.

  2. Return to medium-low heat, add chocolate, and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and milk is frothy. Serve immediately.


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