B.T. McElrath's Favorite Drinking Chocolate
In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; whisk in cocoa powder. Stir in chocolate bar pieces and vanilla; set aside to keep warm. In a medium saucepan, heat milk to 120°; add chocolate mixture to taste. Stir well or whisk for a lightly frothy mixture. Pour into warm mugs; serve immediately. (Note that some solid chocolate will settle to the bottom; stir frequently.)
Good to Know: For best flavor, select a cocoa powder with a high fat content such as Cocoa Barry, Cordillera or Valhrona, with a minimum of 26% cocoa solids.