I recently went into a coffee shop to get a hot chocolate and, to my surprise, they had something called a "Hot Vanilla" on the menu. I was sceptical, but I gave it a try and it was one of the best warm drinks I've ever tasted. It's easy enough to make at home, too.
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The hot vanilla is exactly what it sounds like and is similar to Starbucks' Vanilla Creme drink. It's like a hot chocolate, with the same creamy texture, only it's vanilla. If you've never had it, or you just want to make a batch on your own, try this simple recipe from The Frugal Girls. You boil sugar and water in a pan, then transfer to a crock pot, add milk and vanilla syrup, then cook on high for two hours. From there, you can top individual servings with whipped cream or cinnamon if you like. It's a simple enough recipe that works well for holiday gatherings. Check out their full recipe at the link below.
Crockpot Hot Vanilla Recipe [The Frugal Girls]