I am not so crazy about beverages, especially hot ones. I don't have tea or coffee. Milk is a thing of the past. But a steaming cup of hot chocolate, that's a different story altogether. There is something totally seductive, something magical about this drink. I could never have enough of it. Of course it depends on how its made. I can't stand the powder mixes, they are just horrible and I've tried a lot of them. The ones we get in some coffee shops are great, but they add a lot of stuff to it and you can't have them all the time.
Homemade hot chocolate is definitely the best option. all it takes is two minutes. You can create different flavors by adding powdered nuts, essences and spices. There are so many recipes available that use cocoa powder, but I prefer using chocolate. Has a much better texture and makes it really rich and creamy.
Sipping some hot chocolate with a hint of cinnamon when reading a good book is my idea of a perfect afternoon...
Spiced Hot Chocolate
2cups milk (low fat is fine)
1/2 heaping cup good quality semi-sweet chocolate
1 small stick of cinnamon
Take all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and micro for about 3-4 mins, stirring in between till the chocolate has melted.
Discard the cinnamon stick. Mix with a whisk till combined and there are no chocolate pieces left in the bowl.
You could strain the mixture if you want. I never do this, its a sin to waste chocolate:).
Pour into two mugs and serve hot. Re-heat if necessary.
You could garnish it with some whipped cream if you like.