Aztecs and Mayans were the first to drink chocolate as early as 500 B.C. Europeans such as the Spanish and later the Dutch sweetened the deal by adding sugar and inventing cocoa powder, respectively. And as Americans, we’ve made our own contribution: topping it with giant fluffy marshmallows.
Hot chocolate warms you from the inside and is the perfect pick-me-up for a drizzly morning after you’ve walked the dog, or a blustery afternoon when you want to duck into a favorite cafe.
To make delicious hot chocolate at home, combine two cups whole milk and two cups half-and-half in a small saucepan. Add one-half cup unsweetened cocoa powder and one-half cup sugar and stir frequently with a small whisk until bubbles form around the edges of the pan—about eight minutes. (Don’t let it come to a boil.) Pour into four mugs, top with marshmallows or whipped cream and serve right away.
Emily Wise Miller is the Web Editor for Live Happy.