Ghostly Great Hot Chocolate
Hot Chocolate Ingredients:
1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (1 pint) half & half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Sweetened whipped cream
Grated chocolate, if desired
Freshly grated lemon peel, if desired
Freshly grated orange peel, if desired
Ground cinnamon, if desired
Ground nutmeg, if desired
Melt chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly, in 3 quart
saucepan. Stir in sugar, water and salt. Cook over medium heat,
stirring constantly with wire whisk, until mixture comes to a full
boil (4 to 5 minutes). Boil, stirring constantly, 2 minutes. Stir in
milk and half & half.
Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until
heated through (12 to 15 minutes). (DO NOT BOIL.) Add vanilla. Beat
with wire whisk until frothy.
To serve, pour into mugs; top each serving with dollop of sweetened
whipped cream. If desired, garnish with the following toppings:
grated chocolate, grated lemon peel, grated orange peel, cinnamon or
Makes 8 (1-cup) servings.
Microwave Directions: Combine chocolate chips, sugar, water and salt
in microwave-safe -quart bowl. Microwave on HIGH, stirring every
minute, until chocolate chips are melted and mixture comes to a full
boil (3 to 4 minutes). Microwave on HIGH 2 minutes. Stir in milk and
2 cups half & half. Microwave on HIGH, stirring after half the time,
until heated through (8 to 10 minutes). (DO NOT BOIL.) Add vanilla.
Beat with wire whisk until frothy. Serve as directed above.