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Quick, Rich Hot Chocolate

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Serves 8

Yields about 8-1/2 cups.

We like to whip up a batch of ganache and keep it in the fridge to make hot chocolate on the fly. But be warned: This is not your Swiss Miss hot cocoa; this version is much richer, not nearly as sweet, and quite a bit thicker. To make 1 cup at a time, heat 1 cup milk and add 1/3 cup ganache and just a touch of salt.

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  • 6 cups whole milk; more as needed
  • 1 recipe Basic Ganache
  • Pinch kosher salt

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until simmering. Add the ganache and salt and stir until smooth (the ganache can be either warm or cold). If you prefer a thinner consistency, add more milk. Serve hot in mugs.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 420; Fat (g): 30; Fat Calories (kcal): 270; Saturated Fat (g): 18; Protein (g): 8; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9; Carbohydrates (g): 36; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 105; Cholesterol (mg): 60; Fiber (g): 3;

Photo: Scott Phillips

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