This homemade treat only requires a few ingredients and a few minutes on the stovetop to warm up a cold evening.
5 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Whipped cream or cocoa powder, for serving (optional)
Whisk together the chocolate, cocoa powder, and sugar in a small saucepan. This helps break up any lumps in the cocoa or sugar.
Add the milk and set the saucepan over medium heat.
Bring to a simmer, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes.
Add the vanilla and salt.
Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa, if desired.