½ cup heavy cream

4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped or scant 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups milk

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


Bring the cream to a bare simmer in a small, heavy saucepan. Place the chocolate into a medium bowl, add the hot cream, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in the milk. Return to the saucepan and heat to a simmer, stirring frequently. Stir in the vanilla, ladle into mugs, and serve immediately.


Serves 2 just 1. This is the richest, creamiest, most decadent hot chocolate ever. Hot chocolate made with powders and mixes doesn’t even come close. For a flavored hot chocolate, infuse the cream with orange zest, Earl Grey tea, mint, cinnamon, chile powder, or even your favorite liqueur. Serve topped with marshmallows or lightly sweetened whipped cream.