At Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.
Today: Food52's Managing Editor, Brette Warshaw, shows how to make hot chocolate from scratch -- with any chocolate and dairy you've got.
You have probably been making hot chocolate without a recipe for your entire life -- because for many, hot chocolate can mean dumping a few scoops of some mix (or a packet of Swiss Miss) into a mug, adding a few glugs of milk, and heating the whole thing in the microwave. Making hot chocolate from scratch was something you probably didn't even think to do -- because if you did think about it, you'd realize how truly simple it is.
I was one of those mix-people, until I ran out of mix -- and, using the odds and ends of chocolate found in my pantry, made hot chocolate myself. My winters have never been the same.
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