So it is freezing all over the country right now even here in Florida so this would be the perfect time to curl up with this beautiful hot chocolate.
This drink is not an every day indulgence, but it’s not as heavy as you might think. It has a pretty low chocolate-to-milk ratio, and uses only milk (instead of cream or half and half) so it’s a bit more like drinking gussied-up milk than a thick, rich sipping chocolate.
2 cups whole milk
2 cinnamon stickscoarsely broken
4 ounces white chocolate good-quality, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons lightly whipped cream
2 tablespoons toasted pecans or candied pecans chopped
1 tablespoon caramel sauce
Combine the milk and the broken cinnamon sticks in a saucepan and bring the milk to a simmer. Once simmering, remove the pan from the heat, cover it with a lid, and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to infuse the milk with cinnamon flavor.
After 30 minutes, remove the cinnamon sticks and return the saucepan of milk to medium heat. Add the chopped white chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla bean paste, salt, and ground cinnamon. Heat, whisking frequently, until the milk is hot and the white chocolate is completely melted.
Pour into two mugs to serve. Garnish with your choice of whipped cream, additional cinnamon, toasted or candied pecans, or a drizzle of caramel sauce. (Or all of the above!)
For adults if you want add some bourbon 👌🏾