To warm up chilly little ones, I make a pot of this dark hot chocolate and keep it warming on the camping stove.
Makes 3 cups | Active time: 10 minutes | Total time: 10 minutes
21⁄2 cups low-fat milk
1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract Marshmallows (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk cocoa and syrup. Heat milk in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, about 8 minutes, or until steaming. Pour hot milk into cocoa mixture, whisking constantly. Transfer cocoa mixture to the saucepan and return to medium-low heat, stirring often, until completely smooth and steaming hot. Stir in vanilla and drop in marshmallow (if desired) before serving.
Excerpted from Maple by Katie Webster. Reprinted with permission from Quirk Books.
** Sprinkle some maple flakes over the marshmallows for an extra bit of crunchy, maple sweetness.