Hot Chocolate #3

Hot ChocolateSo you know it had to happen.  Hot Chocolate #3.  I may have mentioned my hot chocolate obsession before, and if you missed that, it may have occurred to you if you have ever browsed through the list of Snacks & Drinks and noticed Hot Chocolate #1 and #2.  I drink it ALL THE TIME and almost always order it when I am out and about.  Making the good stuff at home has become a bit of an obsession of mine and although I really love my version #1, I am always looking for a different flavor.  I created this version and have been calling it crock pot hot chocolate or campfire hot chocolate all day, but in the end, it is just version #3.  It does kind of taste like something I drink while camping, but I have no idea why.  And it would be really easy to throw it in a slow cooker and let it sit in the background.  Either way, it isn’t too sweet and the flavor is different from my other recipes so you can pick which one you prefer.  One of these days I will find the right combination of melted chocolate and milk and cream and my life will change, but for now, cocoa is what I am working with.  In the meantime, I try not to discriminate against any hot cocoa and like to switch it up depending on time and who I am serving.  This recipe is a bit bigger and does great when you want to have it available for a larger gathering.  The best part?  I like to leave the leftovers in the fridge and drink it as I need to.  Yes, I said need, not want! 🙂  Ha!  It is like having hot chocolate on tap.  Just a minute in the microwave and I am good-to-go.  I’ll think I’ll go fix myself another cup…
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Hot Chocolate #3
Feel free to use all milk in this recipe.  I think it is rich enough with only half milk and it is better for you.  That said, ultimately, it is all about being rich and creamy!  You decide!

In a large sauce pan, or slow cooker, whisk together:
1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c cocoa powder
pinch of salt
Add:
2 tsp vanilla
3 c water
3 c milk

Whisk everything together until incorporated and heat on medium low until very hot, whisking occasionally.  Don’t let it burn!  Alternatively, heat over low or high in the slow cooker, whichever you have time for, until very hot.  Store leftovers in the fridge, stirring well before reheating.  Drink will last 4-5 days in the fridge.