Another epiphany came recently when a “healthy” (not necessarily a title I’d give myself) friend pointed out that all store-bought hot chocolate (even my favorite Stephens) has hydrogenated oils in them, a.k.a. trans fat. I was so annoyed! I’ve looked at the labels of every hot chocolate brand I can find since then, but I haven’t come across one that’s managed to leave that ingredient out (try to find one … I dare you). So, here are two recipes that you can make yourself. The “gourmet” version is only good fresh, but it’s outstanding and very addictive … so consider yourself warned. The “everyday” version is one you can make ahead of time and have on hand when the little ones come in from playing in the cold (I would say snow but we rarely get any of that in Tennessee).