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How To Make Fancy-Ass Hot Chocolate

Servings: 2 cups


  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 vanilla bean scraped (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate 60%
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ancho chile powder
  • Pinch of salt


  • To a medium saucepan, placed over low heat, pour in the milk, sugar, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean caviar and bean. Heat until a very gentle simmer and take the saucepan off the heat and allow to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean and discard.
  • Create a double boiler, by setting a stainless steel or glass bowl over a saucepan filled with simmering water. Add the chocolate to the bowl and heat until the chocolate is melted.
  • Place the steeped milk over medium low heat, and pour in the melted chocolate; whisk until completely incorporated and mixture is hot. Add a pinch of salt and ancho chile powder. Divide between mugs and top with homemade marshmallows.