Bunyan's Steaming Hot Cocoa
good quality unsweetened cocoa
1%, 2%, or whole milk (don't use skim, it's nasty)
good quality ground cinnamon
1Use a 3 or 4 quart heavy bottomed saucepan
2Slice the vanilla bean open length wise & scrape out all the seeds with the tip of a paring knife
3Put all of the seeds in the pan, and throw in the scraped bean as well
4Add the water, splenda blend, cocoa, & cinnamon
5Whisk with a wire whip to combine.
6Heat to a boil over LOW heat, whisking frequently
7As 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!
8Take out the vanilla bean pod
9Serve in warmed mugs with a dollop of whipped cream or mini marshmallows