Basic Hot Chocolate

4 cups


  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 4 heaping tablespoons finely chopped or shaved semisweet chocolate


  1. Bring all ingredients to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until chocolate has melted (do not let boil). Pour into mugs, and serve.

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