The Chef

Polar Express Hot Chocolate

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“She liked her men like her chocolate…dark and rich”

Christmas with my family is pretty low-key and laid back. We order food, watch football, and hang out. My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew have a bunch of other Christmas get togethers between their families, so we keep it simple. My amazing nephew, Jace, is now 15 and is happy to just hang out and talk about football and video games, just like my husband! We just relax and it’s great!
I absolutely love both get-togethers!! Christmas with J’s family is the exact opposite! We have it at our house also, but instead of a few of us, we have a house packed full, I make a feast, and we have 4 very energetic, adorable nieces running around! We open gifts, eat lots of food, watch Christmas movies, decorate a gingerbread house, and have a “Griswold-esque” family Christmas!
I’m like a little kid at Christmas and go all out. This year, I decided that we needed to have a hot chocolate bar with all kinds of goodies (and sugar!) My husband thought that I would simply make the girls some hot chocolate with our Keurig…But, I had to go the more complicated, messy, fun route and make a whole batch of homemade cocoa!! šŸ˜‰
(We definitely enjoyed the overload of chocolate goodness, complete with the options of homemade whipped cream, crushed candy canes, cookies, chocolate syrup, and 5 different kinds of marshmallows!!)

Polar Express Hot Chocolate

1.5 cups heavy cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
6 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large pot over low heat, combine all of the above ingredients. Stir regularly for 30-40 minutes until chocolate is completely melted and mixed with other ingredients. Add your treats of choice and enjoy!!! šŸ™‚

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