Halloween Extra-Dark Hot Cocoa

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 servings of hot cocoa
Dress up your hot cocoa for Halloween: Dip the rims of mugs in melted chocolate, then in black and orange nonpareils; let set.



  1. Place the nonpareils on a shallow plate. Microwave chocolate in a shallow plate until just melted. Dip inverted mugs in the melted chocolate to coat the rim, then dip in the nonpareils to coat. Let set.
  2. Heat the milk, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth and steaming with tiny bubbles around the end of the pan, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the chocolate and whisk until fully dissolved and smooth. Pour the hot cocoa into the prepared mugs.