Hot cocoa is the best to have a quality time with family. It gives cozy comfort in each sip while you read a book or watch a movie with family during the winter. It just brightens up the air. Making it is fun too. For a very long time, may be over 12 years, I have used Ina Garten's hot cocoa recipe. I watched her episodes in food network and tried them. I omitted the espresso in her recipe. We loved it so much that we still use her recipe. It is creamy, delicious, chocolatey, and mostly comforting. I make this whenever my kids friends gather in our home to do projects too. So it is perfect to post her hot cocoa for the November IHCC Potluck. Off late, I have reduced the amount of half and half. Then too it is still creamy and delicious. Here is the link to her recipe.
Milk - 2 cups
Half and half - 1 cup
Milk chocolate chips - 1/3 cup
Semi sweet chocolate chips -1/3 cup
Sugar - optional
Vanilla - 1 tsp
Top with whipped cream or marshmallows if preferred.
I have used dark chocolate, white chocolate, semi and milk chocolate bars as well as chips. Hot cocoa turns out delicious every time.