Christmas is in full swing now. The decorations are up, the Christmas movies are on TV, and were playing the songs on the radio! One of my favorite things to do during the holiday's is drinking hot chocolate.

 

I wanted to help you make your own Hot Chocolate... and not out of a can. Now I'm no chef, a mess yes, a chef no. But here's a video on how to make this amazing drink!

Jacques Torres’ Famous Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream

Makes 4 3/4-cup servings

INGREDIENTS
For the whipped cream:
1 cup heavy cream, chilled

For the hot chocolate:
2 cups whole milk*
50g (about 1/2 cup) milk powder
3g (about 1 teaspoon) cornstarch
150g (about 1 cup 60% dark chocolate, in disks or coarsely chopped

*Note: This hot chocolate is very rich. If you like it slightly thinner, use 3 cups of milk.

PROCEDURE
For the whipped cream:
Pour the heavy cream into a medium mixing bowl and put it in the freezer for 5 minutes (If you don’t have room for the bowl, just put the heavy cream in the freezer.)

Take the mixing bowl of whipped cream out of the freezer and whisk with a large whisk until soft peaks form.

For the hot chocolate:
Bring milk to a boil in a medium sauce pot over medium-high heat. Lower the heat to medium then add the chocolate, whisking vigorously until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the milk powder and cornstarch, still whisking, until everything is dissolved and the mixture is smooth and thick.

To serve, divide the hot chocolate among four mugs or glasses, then garnish each with a large dollop of whipped cream.