So I was in the mood for something warm and chocolatey the other night but had few of the necessary baking supplies on hand to whip up a batch of brownies. Then I thought about making hot cocoa but didn't have any chocolate chips in the pantry and I knew the powdered stuff would not suffice. As I inventoried my measly baking staples, I realized that I was well stocked on mini Reese's peanut butter cups. Maybe I didn't have chocolate chips in their more traditional form, but I had a source of chocolate at my fingertips.
This is really the easiest possible hot cocoa ever. All you need is milk, some Reese's cups, a mug, and a microwave. I guess a spoon doesn't hurt either, but it's not a necessity.
Plop a few of the peanut butter chocolate candies in the bottom of a mug (I used four). Add milk (I used about half a cup). Microwave on high for 30 second intervals (to prevent the milk from curdling!) until chocolate melts, resulting in peanut butter-flavored hot cocoa (this is where stirring helps but is not required).
I was too anxious to let the peanut butter centers fully dissolve into the milk, but they were a delicious half-melted treat when I picked them out by spoon. This recipe couldn't be any simpler or more delicious! I can't believe I never thought of this one before! I guess Reese's cups don't usually last very long in my house, but I recently made an unwise decision and purchased a nice large bulk package of these guys. At least now I know how to indulge on them in liquid form!