Growing up on the Northwest Coast it was cold and snowy (now, due to climate change, not so much) and I have fond memories playing on the farm waist deep in snow, or sitting on a ridge we had on our property after snowshoeing out in fresh snow and sharing a thermos of hot chocolate. Same with after a day tobogganing or skiing, I'm sure. The hot chocolate was always a powdered hot chocolate mix combined with water. Sickly sweet. Piping hot. When we came inside and the kid asked for hot chocolate I immediately craved the same sickly sweet, piping hot chocolate.
What You'll Need: Small sauce pan, whisk, 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips, 2 cups almond milk (or other cartoned milk like the coconut one or soy, PREFERABLY UNSWEETENED), 1/2 tsp vanilla.
What You'll Do: Set the sauce pan over medium heat and add the chocolate chips. Watch them for a few minutes, they start to melt and change colour (without actually melting). Add 1/4 cup almond milk and whisk until combined into a syrup. Up the heat a smidge and add the remaining milk, 1/2 cup at a time, whisking well at each add. Bring to a soft boil and pour into two cups. I added some leftover coffee to mine=yum.