Although the temperatures keep fluctuating here in Northwest Arkansas this winter, nothing says winter more to me than homemade hot chocolate! We have found a simple yet delicious recipe that we think you will absolutely love.



2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 cup granulated sugar

2 cups half and half

2 cups milk, divided

splash of vanilla


Place cocoa powder and sugar in a medium saucepan; mix.
Turn heat to medium. Mix in 1/2 cup milk–the mixture may be lumpy. Continue to stir until the mixture bubbles. Boil for for 1-2 minutes, stirring continually until the mixture is no longer grainy. Mix in the 2 cups half and half and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of milk. Add a splash of vanilla. Continue to stir until hot chocolate reaches desired temperature. Serve immediately. Garnish with marshmallows for the extra yum factor.