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Rich and Creamy 2 Minute Hot Chocolate

As a child, the only type of hot chocolate I remember was the powdered kind. In my mind, it was delicious. As I got older, I craved a creamier hot chocolate that was rich in flavor. Standing over the stove seemed a little tedious so I bought my hot chocolate from coffee shops, like Starbucks.

My favorite folks at America's Test Kitchen (ATK) came up with an ingenious idea for hot chocolate that can be made in 2 minutes. According to ATK, the secret to a delicious cup of hot chocolate is a rich chocolate ganache, which is made in advance.

The chocolate ganache takes about 3 minutes to make and yields about 10 servings, which can be frozen until the craving hits. Genius? I think so!

This frugal mom will be having a lot of delicious hot chocolates in the future. It is the perfect drink to sip on when it is cold out or while wrapping Christmas presents.

12 ounce semi sweet chocolate chips/wafers (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large microwaveable bowl.

2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take out the bowl after one minute and stir. Return the bowl to the microwave and continue heating for another minute. Take the bowl out of microwave and stir until the chocolate mixture is smooth and coats the back of a spoon.

4. Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes on the counter.

5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place the bowl in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours until firm.

6. Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoon of hot chocolate ganache to form 1 inch balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and put into Ziploc bag.

Keeps for 5 days in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer.

To Serve:
1. Place 1 ball of chocolate ganache into a cup (250 ml) of milk. Use whole milk if you like your hot chocolate creamier. Chocoholics: Use two balls of chocolate ganache and 375 ml of milk.

2. Microwave for 2 minutes, watch to make sure the milk does not boil over. Stir. Serve with whipped cream or marshmellows. Repeat as necessary.

Source: Slightly adapted from America's Test Kitchen

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