If your winter weather self is still hooked on Swiss Miss hot chocolate—you know, the tear-apart packs of powder that come with freeze-dried mini marshmallows—then it's time to make an upgrade to sipping chocolate. Make your own from-scratch drinking chocolate thanks to this brainless, simple formula.
Food52's Heather Hands offers both a compelling reason as well as a basic recipe for making the switch. She points out that unlike hot cocoa, sipping chocolate uses real dark chocolate melted into warm milk, which means you can taste the subtle notes present in whichever chocolate bar you use.
The great thing about sipping chocolate is that you can tailor each cup to your own preferences. I prefer using a nice dark chocolate, something with a lot of flavor... I recommend using a chocolate around 60 to 85 percent cocoa, one from a good reputable store; SOMA, Theo, and Taza are a few of my favorites.
You could use any milk, really, but whole milk is top choice here, since it's got body without being as rich as heavy cream. Hands also recommends adding in orange zest for some subtle citrus notes, as well as chili powder, for a hint of spiciness. Check out the link below for the recipe.