Serves 6 to 8
Real hot chocolate made with a bar of great chocolate is a dessert unto itself. You can make it even richer by using half & half in place or some or all of the milk, or you can make it less rich— by far more chocolaty — by replacing some or all of the milk with water!
In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate with one cup of the milk over med-low heat while stirring constantly. When the chocolate has melted, bring up the heat to medium and add the remainder of the milk while whisking rapidly.
Do not allow the mixture to boil.
Serve in small cups with a dollop of whipped cream or fortify with Cognac, Rum, Irish whiskey, or Brandy. Made with regular milk, this is a great low-cholesterol substitute for Eggnog.