Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa
Family Tested & Approved
good quality unsweetened cocoa
1%, 2%, or whole milk (don't use skim, it's nasty)
good quality ground cinnamon
Use a 3 or 4 quart heavy bottomed saucepan
Slice the vanilla bean open length wise & scrape out all the seeds with the tip of a paring knife
Put all of the seeds in the pan, and throw in the scraped bean as well
Add the water, splenda blend, cocoa, & cinnamon
Whisk with a wire whip to combine.
Heat to a boil over LOW heat, whisking frequently
As soon as it comes to a boil, add your milk and continue heating over LOW heat, whisking occasionally until the cocoa reaches 180 degrees. DON'T LET IT BOIL!
Take out the vanilla bean pod
Serve in warmed mugs with a dollop of whipped cream or mini marshmallows