How to Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch that's Better Than a Mix

In a bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar until well combined, breaking up any lumps. 

Mix Cocoa and Sugar: 

In a saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until it's just about to simmer. Be careful not to boil it. 

Heat Milk: 

Gradually whisk the cocoa and sugar mixture into the warm milk. Continue whisking to avoid any clumps. 

Add Cocoa Mixture: 

Stir in the finely chopped chocolate and a pinch of salt. Keep stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. 

Add Chocolate and Salt: 

Allow the hot chocolate to simmer for a few minutes, but don't let it boil. This helps infuse the flavors. 

Simmer and Infuse Flavor: 

Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. 

Add Vanilla Extract: 

If desired, you can strain the hot chocolate to remove any remaining cocoa or chocolate particles for a smoother texture. 

Strain (Optional): 

Pour the hot chocolate into mugs and top with whipped cream, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings, as desired. 

Serve 

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