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Homemade Hot Chocolate
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetend cocoa powder
1/2 cup water
Pinch of Salt
3 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups half and half
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chilled whipping cream
Using the tip of a small knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into processor; reserve bean.
Add sugar to processor and blend 10 seconds. Transfer 3 TBSP vanilla sugar to small bowl and reserve.
Transfer remaining vanilla sugar from processor to heavy medium saucepan.
Add cocoa pwd, 1/2 cup water and salt and whisk until smooth. Whisk over medium heat just until beginning to bubble. Whisk in whole milk and half and half. Add reserved vanilla bean; bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heatl whisk in vanilla extract.
Discard vanilla bean.
Beat cream and reserved 3 TBSP sugar in a medium bowl until medium-firm peaks form.
Divide hot chocolate into 6 mugs, top with whipped cream and serve.
Great with peppermint schnapps!