3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups whole milk
1/3 cup hot water
Dash salt
1/4 cup good quality Cocoa powder
Miniature marshmallows or sweetened whipped cream, or whipped topping (optional but why not?)
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg


Stir together sugar, cocoa, salt and spices in medium saucepan; stir in water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add milk; continue to stir, heat to serving temperature. Avoid Boiling!

Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat with rotary beater or whisk until foamy. Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream, if desired.

Serves 5

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