In this week’s Junkyard Tales story "Star Gazing", Ben gets an invitation to go to a stargazing party with the Rowlands. While it may seem backwards, winter is actually the best time of year for stargazing. In addition to longer nights, the colder, drier air in winter makes the stars appear to be more clear than they are in the summer time.
But, if you’re headed out to enjoy the night sky in the cold, warm clothes and drinks are essential. As to the later, nothing beats a steaming thermos of hot chocolate.
While you can buy all sorts of mixes and powders, of course, I’ve found that the simplest way of making hot chocolate is to melt dark chocolate chips with warm milk. It only takes a few minutes to do, and—in the winter months—standing over a warm stove is often a treat all by itself.
Whisking the hot chocolate at the end is optional, but it will make a hot chocolate more frothy and wonderful than you’ve ever tasted before!
Stovetop Hot Chocolate
(makes 1 serving, so increase the quantity if you’re having a party)
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips
Measure 1 cup of milk into a small saucepan, and add 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips. Heat the milk over medium, stirring or whisking until all the chocolate chips are melted.
To make your hot chocolate extra special, pull it off the heat and whisk hard for 60 seconds to really make it frothy. Pour into a thermos or mug to sip as you gaze at the crystal-clear winter night sky.
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