Heaven in a mug

My first time having this treat was with my dear friend, Holly, at a little place just down the street from where I live now. It’s a real hole in the wall, but they make the best peanut butter hot chocolate. I had never had it before and haven’t seen it on a menu since. I’ve tried to make it at home so many times and it never quite comes out right. But finally, VOILA!, it did tonight because I figured out how to heat up the peanut butter properly. So, I’ll share the wisdom with you.

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate (serves 2)

5 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp Baking Cocoa
4-6 Tbsp Water
[Whisk and heat these together in a small to medium sized sauce pan on high until boiling]
Add 2 heaping spoons of your favorite peanut butter (smooth variety)
[Whisk and heat until peanut butter is thoroughly mixed and bring to a rolling boil. Turn heat down to medium.]
2 1/2 Cups Milk or substitute milk
[Slowly whisk in]
Continue to whisk until all milk is added and steaming. Keep stirring for about 2-4 minutes. Do not let boil.

I use Vanilla Soy Milk for mine, but it is equally good with regular milk (choose your %). This is a very rich recipe, so you’ll want to adjust the amount of milk to your taste. There is slightly more sugar than if making regular hot cocoa on the stove (that’s a 1-2, cocoa to sugar ratio) to counter the peanut butter.

Enjoy!

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