This dreamy and decadent drink is rich and creamy, brimming with white chocolate and vanilla flavor, it has the perfect balance of sweetness, and it's a fancy drink for the holidays with it's bright and billowy presentation.
1cup (6 oz)white chocolate chipsor 6 oz white chocolate baking bars, finely chopped
In a medium saucepan heat 3 1/2 cups milk, seeds of vanilla bean and the vanilla bean pod and pinch of salt over medium heat. Bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile whisk together remaining 1/2 cup milk and the cornstarch until well blended.
Once milk mixture just simmers add the cornstarch mixture and let simmer 1 minute whisking constantly until lightly thickened (if needed reduce burner temperature if milk is bubbling up vigorously, you just want a light simmer).
Remove from heat. Immediately add white chocolate chips and whisk to melt. Remove vanilla bean pod.
Let cool slightly then serve with desired toppings (see notes).
*You can use vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste in place of the vanilla bean (use 2 tsp)
Delicious toppings include sweetened whipped cream, marshmallows, candy canes for swirling, shaved white chocolate, cinnamon, fresh grated nutmeg, or salted caramel.
Note that toppings are not included in nutrition estimate.