This is a grown-up hot chocolate, although you don't have to use the brandy. A good quality bittersweet dark chocolate can be substituted for the white chocolate if that's your preference.
- In a heavy saucepan, heat milk and cream over medium-low heat for five minutes.
- Add chocolate chunks to hot milk mixture, then stir in sugar and vanilla; keep stirring, gently, until chocolate melts.
- Remove from heat and stir in brandy.
- Serve in prewarmed mugs, garnished with a cinnamon stick or candy cane, if you wish.