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Real Hot Chocolate (With or Without Peanut Butter or Nutella)

Yields1 Serving

 4-5 cups whole milk - Ina uses half milk, half half & half
 8 oz. chocolate, chopped - Ina uses half semi-sweet, half milk chocolate
 1 Tbsp. sugar
 1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee powder (optional - it intensifies the chocolate, but won't make it taste like coffee)
 a few drops of vanilla (optional)
 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter or Nutella (or more, to taste)

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cream until it's steaming (don't bring it to a boil); remove from heat and add the chocolate. Let it sit a minute, then whisk until it's smooth. Whisk in everything else, stirring to melt the peanut butter or Nutella if you're using it.


Serve warm.