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Best beverage for your Valentine

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner, so we're all thinking about chocolate, right? Make this warm treat to sip while you whisper sweet nothings to your lover:

Hot Chocolate from Scratch

4 cups milk

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sugar

7 ounces chocolate

Bourbon, Cognac, or Kahlua (optional)

Whipped cream or marshmallows

Stir milk, water and sugar in saucepan until blended and mixture comes to a boil. Lower the heat, add chocolate and whisk. Warm but do not boil. Add liquor if you chooose.

Pour, top with marshmallows or whipped cream, and drink immediately.

Pick up all your ingredients at the Franklin Sparkle Market at 5461 Manchester Road in Akron.